Frog in your throat? Or are you a little hoarse? These days even the slightest tickle can have you worried about contracting COVID-19. Read on to learn more about whether your sore throat is a result of COVID or something else going on with your body.
Yes, a sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. However, it’s rarely the only sign of infection, and most sore throats associated with COVID are mild and short-lived.
If you have a sore throat alongside other symptoms of COVID-19, or you fear exposure, get tested to know for sure. Without other symptoms, your sore throat is not likely COVID-related.
Here are four common reasons your throat may be sore.
Viral infections, like a cold or the flu, are the most common reasons for a sore throat. Your throat may feel dry and scratchy, and swallowing may be difficult. Other common symptoms include:
People with COVID-19 get sore throats because it’s an upper-respiratory viral infection.
Strep throat is one of the most common bacterial throat infections. It’s caused by streptococcal A bacteria and diagnosis is through a rapid strep test or a throat culture. Unlike a viral upper-respiratory infection, strep throat symptoms vary from those of COVID-19, and generally include:
Bacterial infections often require a prescription for antibiotics to help with recovery.
It’s common for allergens to cause a sore throat, for example:
Treat food-related allergies with urgency. A serious reaction, also known as anaphylaxis, may impact the ability to breathe and can therefore be life-threatening.
Inhaling external irritants and air quality can also make your throat sore, for example:
Some common injuries that may result in a sore throat include:
Vocal strain will usually heal without treatment, but it’s important to see a doctor if your voice doesn’t come back after a few days.
Some at-home remedies to relieve the pain associated with a sore throat include: