Biology Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for biology researchers, academics, and students. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Apart from pain when swallowing, there's also a persistent feeling of throat 'burning' in the same area.

What causes it and why does it feel that way?

share|improve this question
Could you describe the burning sensation some more? Is it located the same spot as the soreness? – Brian Feb 12 '13 at 12:45
@Brian well yes, pretty much the same. – Michael Pankov Feb 12 '13 at 12:59

If you've been sneezing or coughing a lot it is probably micro abrasions in the throat. I don't recognize any other burning sensation.

share|improve this answer
My common cold started with sore throat, with no running nose or coughing. – Calmarius Oct 6 '15 at 10:17

I guess it is because the throat is sore, thus probably inflammated. Inflammations are hot. Though, I am not a doctor.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.