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The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) suggests that a sore throat is one of the most typical reasons for doctor visits. Medically, a sore throat is called pharyngitis. It is characterized by inflammation of the back of the throat, or pharynx. A sore throat is a common reason for staying home from school or work. Keep reading to learn more about causes, symptoms, and treatments for a sore throat. Depending on the underlying cause of pharyngitis, you will experience a variety of symptoms, which require different types of treatment.

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1. Cause: Virus

A virus commonly causes a sore throat. Some examples of viral infections include influenza and mononucleosis. The adenovirus is one of the causes of the common cold. Depending on the cause of your pharyngitis, you will have different symptoms and treatment options.

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