Sore throat is one of the most common symptoms of colds and allergies, and it can occur for many other reasons as well. Although sore throat may not seem like a serious symptom, in some cases it can indicate a serious infection, and having a persistent or chronic sore throat evaluated is the best way to make sure it's treated appropriately so it doesn't progress to something more serious. In addition to colds and allergies, sore throats can also occur as a result of:
Treatment of a sore throat depends on what's causing the symptoms to begin with. In some cases, antibiotics may be required to kill disease-causing germs; when a sore throat is caused by allergies, testing can help determine the specific cause so preventive measures can be taken. In some cases of chronic sore throat, surgery may be needed to address the underlying causes.