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What causes joint pain and sore throat? 14 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Cold and Flu Overview

Common colds and influenza are contagious infections that affect the respiratory system. Both are airborne illnesses, spread through coughing and sneezing. Shared symptoms include headache, cough, sore throat, and more.

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2

Swine Flu

Swine flu, or H1N1, is highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person. A simple sneeze may cause thousands of germs to spread through the air. Symptoms are similar to regular influenza.

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3

Kawasaki Disease

Early treatment is key to treating Kawasaki disease, especially in children. Learn how to recognize the symptoms of Kawasaki disease and when to see a doctor.

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4

Mumps

Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus that passes from one person to another through saliva, nasal secretions, and close personal contact.

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5

Measles

Measles is a very contagious infection of the respiratory system. One of its several symptoms is a sore or swollen throat.

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6

AIDS

If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS. AIDS weakens your immune system to the point where it can no longer fight off disease and infection. Learn more.

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7

Infectious Mononucleosis

Infectious mononucleosis, or mono, refers to a group of symptoms usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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8

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is common in children. It causes a red rash on the arms, legs, and cheeks, and a virus called parvovirus B19 causes it.

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9

Adult-Onset Still's Disease

Adult-onset Still's disease is an inflammatory condition causing swelling in joints, tissues, organs, and lymph nodes. Read more on this rare disease.

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10

Weils Disease

Weil's disease is a severe form of the bacterial infection leptospirosis. Learn how to lower your risk of getting this potentially life-threatening illness.

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11

Acute HIV Infection

Acute HIV infection occurs soon after someone is infected with HIV. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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12

Polio

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a highly contagious disease that is caused by a virus that attacks the body's nervous system.

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13

Ebola Virus and Disease

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Ebola disease is a rare, often fatal illness. One of its late-stage symptoms is a bleeding rash over the entire body.

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14

West Nile Virus Infection (West Nile Fever)

Learn about the causes and symptoms of the West Nile virus.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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