I've been voiceless (yes, I sounded like a toad!!!) for the last 2 days, since my flight from Hong Kong to Singapore. It's either a bug in the air, durians in Guangzhou 2 days prior to that (& forgetting to drink salt water thereafter, a must for durian eaters) or I'm allergic to Singapore (yes, I often get an allergic cough when I returned to Singapore, even while I was working in the office here for years)! Whatever the reason, my first antidote to sore throat is not … more
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
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Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the throat or pharynx. In most cases it is painful and the initial infection can extend for a lengthy time period. It is the most common cause of a sore throat.
Like many types of inflammation, pharyngitis can be acute – characterized by a rapid onset and typically a relatively short course – or chronic. Pharyngitis can result in very large tonsils which cause trouble swallowing and breathing. Pharyngitis can be accompanied by a cough or fever, for example, if caused by an upper respiratory tract infection.
Most acute cases are caused by viral infections (40–80%), with the remainder caused by bacterial infections, fungal infections, or irritants such as pollutants or chemical substances. Treatment of viral causes are mainly symptomatic while bacterial or fungal causes may be amenable to antibiotics and anti-fungal respectively.