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Sore throats are common at any age and can be one of the first signs of another illness, like a cold, the flu, or mononucleosis (mono). They also can be caused by a strep throat infection, although this is rare in children younger than 2 years old.
Here are some ways kids can relieve sore throat pain:
As with most common illnesses, preventing a sore throat starts with regular hand washing. Kids also can avoid sore throats by:
Strep throat is a common cause of sore throat in kids and teens. It usually requires treatment with antibiotics, but improves in a few days.
Strep throat is a common infection that usually needs to be treated with antibiotics. Find out how to recognize the signs of strep throat and what to expect if you have it.
A sore throat can be caused by many things, from viral and bacterial infections to seasonal allergies and gastroesophageal reflux.
Coughs are a common symptom, butÂ most aren’t a sign of a serious condition. Learn about different coughs, how to help your child feel better, and when to call your doctor.
The test for strep throat doesn’t hurt, but it might make you gag a little. Watch how it’s done in this video for kids.
Mononucleosis – or “mono” – is an infection that causes flu-like symptoms. It usually goes away on its own in a few weeks with the help of plenty of fluids and rest.
This video shows what it’s like to get a strep test.
A rapid strep test is done to help quickly determine whether a sore throat is caused by a strep infection vs. other germs (usually viruses) that don’t require antibiotic treatment.
Is your child having a strep test or a throat culture? Find out how these swab tests are performed.
Get the basics on how flu spreads and how to protect yourself.
Learn all about protecting your family from the flu and what to do if your child gets flu-like symptoms.
The flu can make you sick for a week or more. Find out how to get protected from the influenza virus.
Follow these tips to help prevent the spread of the flu.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Tonsillar hypertrophy, or enlarged tonsils, can happen due to an ongoing (chronic) condition or a temporary effect of an infection.
It’s sometimes called “the kissing disease,” but kissing is just one of the ways that someone can catch mono.
Tonsillitis is an infection that makes tonsils swollen and red. It can cause a sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and trouble swallowing.
If your tonsils get infected, it can make your throat feel very sore. Find out more in this article for kids.
You wake up and your throat is swollen and you have a fever. Could it be tonsillitis? Find out what tonsillitis is, how to treat it, and how to prevent it.
A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. It’s one of the most common surgeries kids and teens get. Find out more.
Everybody’s heard of tonsils, but not everyone knows what tonsils do in the body or why they may need to be removed. Find out here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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