Our expert says:
A sore throat can be caused by the following and need to be excluded by your GP / ENT.
1. Chronic throat infection - viral (the HPV virus usually will cause little visible warts in your throat), bacterial or fungal (thrush, which is white plaques on the tongue, throat), TB, etc.
2. Throat cancer will usually be associated with painful swallowing, difficulty in eating, painful throat, painful ears, loss of weight. The pain does not usually come and go, but is persistent and will get worse with time. HPV is associated with certain cancers in adults and if you are worried you should go for a full ENT examination.
3. Acid reflux: You can have obvious symptoms of heartburn or just a chronic throat irritation / feeling of phlegm in the throat, a hoarse voice or chronic sore throat. If you have symptoms of heartburn your GP can refer you to a gastroenterologist for further investigations.
I would therefore suggest you do the following:
1. Make sure your thyroid functions are regularly checked.
2. See your GP or visit an ENT to do a thorough ENT examination and to exclude the above.
Throat swabs are very seldom necessary and will most likely not be too helpfull in your case.
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