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 Sore Throat Symptoms
An overview of sore throat symptoms.
Causes of Painful Swallowing
Yes, you could have an infection, but painful swallowing can be a surprising symptom of many other problems.
Is Your Sore Throat a Cold, Strep Throat, or Tonsillitis?
Got a sore throat? WebMD tells you how to tell if it’s a cold, strep throat, or tonsillitis.
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.
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.
Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu
What to stock in your survival kit for fighting the cold and flu this winter.
Slideshows & Images
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.
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.
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.
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.