What is Sore throat?

A painful throat is defined as an acute inflammation and infection of the pharyngeal lining that manifests as throat ache.

It is caused by cold and flu viruses (influenza virus) or bacterial infections, and it causes pain, irritation, and itching in the throat (Streptococcus species).

Hoarseness, cough (productive or non-productive), headache, earache, fever, and overall body pain are all possible consequences. A prolonged throat infection with slowly developing consequences could be an early warning sign of throat cancer.