Sore throats and throat infections can happen at any point throughout the year. The incidence of infection can increase when the weather is cold, or swings wildly from warm to cold, such as in the late winter and early spring. The reason for this is that when temperatures change quickly, it wears on the immune system. Throat infections, like most infections, spring from a weakened immune system. Diagnosing whether your sore throat is just a sore throat or an actual infection can sometimes be difficult. Before we talk about diagnosis of an infection, let’s consider some of the causes of throat soreness.
Some common causes of sore throat are allergies and exposure to outside irritants
People can be allergic to a lot of things. Some of the first looked at allergens are certain foods, like milk, soy, wheat, and gluten.
Dust, chemicals, cleaning products, second hand cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes from vehicles, are also common culprits. Changing the filter on your house’s furnace or air conditioning unit needs done yearly or the dust will trap bacteria that could lead to a sore throat.
Frequent or even small amounts of exposure to very cold, or very dry air can cause a sore throat as well. Air that lacks enough moisture can cause the mucus in your nasal and throat