The classic symptoms of a sore throat include a burning sensation or "scratchiness" in the back of the throat; pain, especially when swallowing; and, perhaps, tenderness along the neck. These symptoms may be accompanied by:
Your child or adolescent suffers flu-like symptoms. Influenza is also more likely to lead to complications in pregnant women, people with obesity, or people with chronic illness such as COPD, asthma, or diabetes.
Your sore throat persists for more than a week and is accompanied by postnasal drip, sneezing, and itchy eyes; this may be a sign of allergies that require medical attention.
Your sore throat is accompanied by drooling, or you experience difficulty swallowing or breathing; this may indicate an inflamed epiglottis, the structure that overhangs the opening to the larynx, or an abscess in the back of the throat; these two uncommon conditions require immediate medical attention.
Your sore throat is accompanied by pain that moves to the ear; this may be a sign of a more serious problem.