sore throat


Definition of sore throat

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

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The claims data showed ailments frequently treated in the emergency room include cough, bronchitis, headache, sore throat, nausea and upper respiratory infection. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Unneeded ER visits cost nation's healthcare $32 billion last year," 24 July 2019 More from Erin Allday Adenoviruses typically cause symptoms like sore throat, runny nose and cough. Erin Allday,, "Death of 9-year-old Milpitas boy to common virus perplexes doctors," 14 July 2019 Oftentimes telemedicine visits for urgent care needs, such as a sinus infection or a sore throat, are not with a patient’s primary care physician, meaning the physician doesn’t have a history with the patient. Ginger Christ,, "Digital diagnosis on the rise: Telemedicine connects more NE Ohio doctors with patients," 25 Aug. 2019 In people, exposure can cause symptoms including sore throat, headache, skin irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nausea and stomach cramps. Trevor Reid, The Denver Post, "Windsor Lake closed after presence of blue-green algae confirmed," 24 July 2019 Close contact with emissions can cause immediate and severe reactions, including light headedness, naseau, coughing, and sore throats. James Vaznis,, "Environmental group sues to force Boston school buses to quit idling," 12 July 2019 Residents from Anchorage to Willow on Tuesday reported hazy skies, the smell of smoke and sore throats from the particulates in the air. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Wind shift gives crews fighting Peninsula wildfire time to bolster Sterling Highway defenses," 25 June 2019 The first symptoms include the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. NBC News, "What is Ebola? What to know about symptoms, vaccine, outbreaks," 12 June 2019 Veterans can use urgent care options for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, such as colds, sore throats, and bumps and bruises that are typical to urgent care and other walk-in medical facilities. Aaron Kassraie, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Veterans now eligible for more private health care options," 10 June 2019

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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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