My throat is on fire!

What is pharyngitis? An inflammation of the pharynx causing a sore throat.  This is a diagnosis most everyone has had at some point.  There are multiple forms of pharyngitis that we will discuss in this blog.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom is a sore throat.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Joint pain and muscle aches
  • Skin rashes
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • In rare cases, chest pain


The most common pharyngitis is viral pharyngitis lasting 5- 7 days.

Common Causes:

  • Rhinovirus (Spring and fall, mild Symptoms)
  • Coronavirus (Winter, mild Symptoms)
  • Mononucleosis (mono)


The next most common pharyngitis is bacterial lasting longer than 5 days.

Common Bacterial Causes:

  • Group A Streptococcal Pharyngitis
  • Pneumococcus
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Haemophilus Influenzae
  • Moraxella catarrhalis


The next most common being fungal.

  • Candida Albicans, which can be complicated with thrush.

All types of pharyngitis can lead to complications simple in house testing at one of our various locations can help narrow down a type of pharyngitis to better cure you. 

Thank you for taking time to read this I will have a more specific blog on strep pharyngitis in the near future. 

Waseem Garbia PAC
Practice Manager at FastMed of Clayton


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