A sore throat is merely a symptom and has an underlying cause. Diagnosing the cause of a sore throat is key in deciding on the correct treatment.
Diagnosing the cause of your sore throat will start with your doctor taking a full history and examining you to find the possible cause. The following flowchart is a logical approach to find the cause of a sore throat. Although not extensive, it does highlight the most common conditions that may be the cause of a sore throat.
What is a sore throat?
Treating a sore throat