sore throat


Definition of sore throat 

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

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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 As the Associated Press reports, the hairs contain a protein called thaumetopoein, which is what causes rashes, sore throats, as well as eye and breathing problems. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "Londoners Beware: These Toxic Caterpillars Cause Rashes and Asthma," 1 May 2018 Possible side effects include dryness of the skin, mouth, eyes, nose and throat; sore throat; headaches; blurred vision and dilated pupils; and constipation and trouble urinating. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 For most children, a typical course of influenza starts with an abrupt spike in temperature, a sore throat, cough and muscle aches, said Dr. Shikha Garg, medical officer in the C.D.C.’s influenza division. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "How to Know When a Child’s Flu Turns Serious," 7 Feb. 2018 And, with all drugs, there are some possible side effects, like dry mouth, sore throat, dry skin, and stinging. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018 Many of these patients show up at hospitals with minor infections, sore throats, skin rashes, allergies, and back pain., "The week in business," 2 June 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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