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Causes and Treatment for Chronic Throat Pain

When you wake up and notice that your throat hurts, just like it did before you went to sleep, you may be tempted to grab some soothing lozenges and hope for the best.

But that approach could backfire: If you have a sore throat every morning, your body might be trying to tell you that something is wrong. Ignoring it could lead to a serious health issue.

What Are Common Causes of Sore Throat?

A sore throat (medically known as pharyngitis) can take many forms and have many different causes, says Lyndsay Leigh Madden, DO, an otolaryngologist at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Viral infections are typically the cause, Dr. Madden says, but bacterial infections can also result in sore throat. Plus there are a number of other explanations for sore throat. All may cause pain on one side of your throat or both sides.

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