What is a sore throat?
A sore throat, also known as pharyngitis, is a very common ailment. It can involve irritation, discomfort and itchiness of the throat, which can make it difficult or painful to swallow food and liquids.
There are many sore throat causes but the symptoms typically go away after a few days, although in some cases, the soreness can last longer than a week. Half of sufferers find they are free of moderately bad symptoms within seven days, and up to 80% are usually feeling better within 10 days.1 However, should symptoms linger for more than two weeks, it is always advisable to see your GP just to make sure everything is OK.