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Contagious types of sore throat?

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Dr. John McClay
Surgery - Head & Neck
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In brief: Infectious

Lots of conditions cause a sore throat - stomach acid reflux, viral or bacterial infections (or other pathogenic infections for that matter) as well as dry throat and some medication that dry out the throat, change in humidity or moisture in the air. Only the infections one are contagious.
Breathing or coughing out particles or even spreading through touching of spit with hands can transmit it.

In brief: Infectious

Lots of conditions cause a sore throat - stomach acid reflux, viral or bacterial infections (or other pathogenic infections for that matter) as well as dry throat and some medication that dry out the throat, change in humidity or moisture in the air. Only the infections one are contagious.
Breathing or coughing out particles or even spreading through touching of spit with hands can transmit it.
Dr. John McClay
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
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In brief: Most of them

Sore throats are caused by viruses and bacteria.
In immunocompromised individuals, other organisms may play a role. Irritation from pollution, smoking, or allergy can also cause sore throat, and this isn't contagious.

In brief: Most of them

Sore throats are caused by viruses and bacteria.
In immunocompromised individuals, other organisms may play a role. Irritation from pollution, smoking, or allergy can also cause sore throat, and this isn't contagious.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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