sore throat


Definition of sore throat 

: pain in the throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

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Today, two more international flights were evaluated by public health officials because people on board were coughing and had sore throats. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "CDC investigates two more flights that landed with coughing passengers," 6 Sep. 2018 The virus causes fever, sore throat and blisters on hands and feet and in the mouth. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "Colleges Try to Stop Spread of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease," 19 Oct. 2018 Syphilis: This bacterial infection proceeds in stages starting with painless sores on the genitals, rectum, or mouth, then eventually transforming into a rash that may come along with issues like fever or a sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "These Are the Only Kinds of Birth Control That Also Protect Against STIs," 27 July 2018 Symptoms of mononucleosis include a sore throat, enlarged tonsils, laryngitis, swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpits, fever, head and body aches. New York Times, "My Daughter Has Mono. Is the Whole Family at Risk?," 29 June 2018 For thousands of years, the root sap was boiled, strained and sweetened to cure sore throats or simply be eaten as a treat. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 Signs of the measles include a sore throat, runny nose, and fever, among other cold-like symptoms, followed by a rash that spreads across the body, the CDC says. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Missouri pediatrician slams 'selfish' anti-vaxers after measles Facebook post sparks debate," 25 Apr. 2018 That's because the dominant flu virus circulating this season — the H3N2 strain — can cause particularly acute symptoms, which can include fever and joint aches, a runny nose, a sore throat, and coughing, according to the World Health Organization. Elizabeth Narins, Cosmopolitan, "Here’s Everything You Can Possibly Do to Avoid Getting the Flu," 22 Jan. 2018 Physicians can, for example, ask patients with sore throats to take a photo with their smartphone, or ask family members to help with basic physical exam maneuvers. Dhruv Khullar, Washington Post, "Telemedicine is getting trendy, but doctors may not be keeping up," 22 Apr. 2018

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1629, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of sore throat 

: painful throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

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