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why do you get a sore throat after crying really ahrd?

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Dr. Shalabh Bansal
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Tear drainage: Human tears actually drain into the nose, which is also why your nose runs after crying very hard (especially in children). This creates post-nasal drip which can lead to irritation in back of throat and coughing.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it common to get a sore throat from sobbing?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Sobbing and sore thr: If you sobb for an appreciable time you may feel sore feeling in your throat from breathing heavy and thatt can cause dryness in throat and sore feeling, you can also feel raspyness in your voice.But it quickly gets better with proper hydration and normal breathing within few hours, unless you start sobbing again.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can crying cause sore throat?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Yes it can: Crying can cause a sore throat. However, if the sore throat persists for a long time such as several days then i would look into other possibilities such as a strep throat. If that happens go to your family doctor for evaluation. Best wishes.

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