Sore Throat Directory
A sore throat is a common ailment in which there is swelling or irritation in the back of your throat, between your tonsils and voice box. There are many possible causes. Some of the most common causes include a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu, or a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. Smoking and allergies can also lead to a sore throat. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sore throat develops, how to treat it, and much more.
Understanding the Basics of Sore Throat
Get the basics on sore throat from the experts at WebMD.
Understanding Sore Throat Symptoms
An overview of sore throat symptoms.
Understanding Sore Throat Prevention
Learn about preventing sore throats.
Soothe a Sore Throat
Tips on getting relief from a sore throat due to cold, flu or allergies.
Get to the Bottom of Your Sore Throat
A scratchy throat can be more than just an annoyance. Get tips for assessing your sore throat “threat level.”
Does Gargling Wlth Salt Water Ease a Sore Throat?
Many swear by this classic remedy. Find out if it works.
Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu
What to stock in your survival kit for fighting the cold and flu this winter.
What Your Mucus Says About Your Health
Snot, mucus, phlegm -- call it what you want, it’s still gross. It also means your body is keeping you healthy.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Anatomy of a Sore Throat
WebMD explores the types and causes of sore throat, including strep throat, and shows you how to find relief from that raw, scratchy feeling.
Slideshow: 10 Ways to Rest Better With a Cold
From nasal sprays to cold medicine, find solutions for congestion, coughing, and sore throat so you can get a good night's rest.
Slideshow: Pictures of Cold & Flu Symptoms, Treatments
Parsing the difference between a cold and flu isn't so easy. WebMD's slideshow explains how to tell the difference - and how to treat your symptoms.
Slideshow: Soothe a Child's Cold or Flu
Does your child have the cold or flu? See how to ease your child's cold or flu. Help symptoms like cough, sore throat, and stuffiness.