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More commonly known as a ‘sore throat,’ pharyngitis is also one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. It is also one of the most common reasons people stay out of work. Pharyngitis can cause scratchiness in the throat and difficulty swallowing. Viruses are the most common cause of sore throats resulting from a cold and flu. Symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose, headache, cough, body aches and sometimes a fever. Your videoDoc doctor will be checking for redness of the throat and any swelling that might be present in your throat. If the pharyngitis seems to be caused by a virus, your doctor will suggest some home care options to help you feel better. If they suspect your sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics may be prescribed.