What's Ailing You: Sore throat

Doctors say a sore throat is typically caused by a virus, but may be indicative of several other conditions.

Doctors say a sore throat is typically caused by a virus, but may be indicative of several other conditions. (9/26/13)

NORWALK - News 12 Connecticut is taking a closer look into the causes and complications of a sore throat.

Doctors say a sore throat is typically caused by a virus, and may dissipate on its own. However, a sore threat may also be symptomatic of strep throat or mononucleosis.

Strep throat can lead to problems with one's heart and kidneys, and should be treated quickly with antibiotics. Mono, on the other hand, usually results in sluggishness and a severe loss of energy.

Health experts say a blood test helps diagnose mono, while strep requires a throat culture test.

News 12 Connecticut wants to know, "What's Ailing You." You ask the medical question and we'll work to find you an expert's answer. Send your questions by way of Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WhatsAilingYou.
 

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