Causes and Symptoms of a Sore Throat

If you have itchiness, irritation, or pain in your throat, you have a sore throat. You may find that your throat is dry, you are hoarse, have white patches on your tonsils, have trouble swallowing, and/or have swollen neck glands (lymph nodes). These are common symptoms of a sore throat.

The risk for a sore throat is high for children, those who smoke, those who have allergies, and those who have an immune system that is compromised.