From time to time, everyone suffers a sore throat. Symptoms of a sore throat usually include pain and discomfort when swallowing or speaking. Normally, a sore throat can be remedied with teas of honey and lemon, or gargling salt water several times a day. However, if a sore throat persists longer than it should (several weeks), there is a chance that an individual may be experiencing more complicated inflictions, such as strep throat, mononucleosis, or viral pharyngitis. Below are some signs and symptoms of the more severe throat complications.
Strep throat: A strep throat begins with a sudden fever, usually of 101 degrees or higher, and is accompanied by swollen lymph nodes and difficulty swallowing. Visible signs of a sore throat include white patches on the back of the throat, which often also appear swollen.
Mononucleosis: Along with swollen glands and a fever, symptoms of mononucleosis also include a headache and fatigue. Later on, the condition exhibits signs such as a whitish-yellowish covering on the tonsils and may include more severe symptoms such as extremely painful and swollen lymph nodes and a swollen liver or spleen.
Pharyngitis: As with strep throat and mononucleosis, the symptoms of pharyngitis also include fever, a sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. Other symptoms are troubled breathing and prolonged soreness in the back of the throat between the larynx and the tonsils.