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Health Tip: What's Behind Your Sore Throat?

Signs that it may be a virus

(HealthDay News) -- A sore throat has a litany of possible causes, including an allergy, air pollution, dry air or exposure to tobacco smoke.

The culprit also may be a virus, notably the common cold.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says signs that a virus may be behind your sore throat include:

  • Coughing and sneezing.
  • Watery eyes.
  • A mild headache and general body aches.
  • Runny nose.
  • A fever of less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
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