Updated 18 June 2015

Diagnose that sore throat


sore throat, especially during winter, is most often due to a cold or the flu, although there are other diseases that can be an underlying cause, such as allergies, being HIV positive, Gastroesophageal reflux disease and cancer.

A sore throat most often resolves itself in three to four days, however if it persists past a week or your symptoms worsen to include severe difficulty swallowing or breathing, you develop a fever or tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck, you need to see your doctor.

He/she will diagnose the cause by taking note of your health history and symptoms and through a quick physical examination.

Prepare yourself by looking at this sore throat infographic that explains the how doctors determine what's causing the pain and, in the meantime, put one of these natural sore throat remedies to the test. 


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier


5 ridiculous things some people still believe about HIV/Aids

It’s time to shine the light on some of the ridiculous and far-fetched perceptions about HIV that people still have.

Fitness »

7 strange things that happened to my body during my first marathon

Earlier this year, Health24 writer Marelize Wilke ran her first ever full marathon. She tells us about the effects it had on her body.