Sore Throat | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of a sore throat?

A sore throat means that your throat hurts and is irritated, swollen, or scratchy. It usually hurts worse when you swallow. Depending on the cause of your sore throat, you may have other symptoms in addition to sore throat, such as the following:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • White patches in your throat or on your tonsils
  • Red and swollen tonsils
  • Abdominal pain (usually in children)
  • Vomiting (usually in children)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 05/14
Created: 01/96

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