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Sore Throat

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Your throat is a tube that carries food to your esophagus and air to your windpipe and larynx (also called the voice box). The technical name for the throat is pharynx.
You can have a sore throat for many reasons.  Often, colds and flu cause sore throats.  Other causes can include:

- Allergies
- Mononucleosis
- Smoking
- Strep throat
- Tonsillitis
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Treatment depends on the cause.  Sucking on lozenges, drinking lots of liquids, and gargling may ease the pain.  Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help, but children should not take aspirin.