- Q How is a throat culture used to diagnose bacterial throat infections?
A throat culture is the traditional technique used to diagnose throat infections. A swab is taken from the throat and sent to the lab for analysis. The sample is placed on a culture with nutrients, where, if bacteria are present, they grow and can be... Full Answer
- Q How does my environment affect bacterial throat infections?
The air you are breathing can have a significant impact on your and your children's bacterial throat infections. It can affect the risk and severity of infection. Humidifiers can help keep your mucous membranes cool and moist. Cigarette smoke increases... Full Answer
- Q What is the difference between viral and bacterial throat infections?
Throat infections can cause similar types of symptoms even if they have different causes. Although most people are familiar with strep throat as a cause of throat problems, similar symptoms are often also caused by viruses. Viruses are often more... Full Answer
- Q How do bacterial throat infections affect the body?
Bacterial throat infections can affect the whole body. In addition to causing inflammation of the throat, they can result in inflammation of kidneys and joints if the infection spreads. They also provoke fever, which has effects throughout the body,... Full Answer
- Q How do I manage my bacterial throat infection?
If you are already being treated with antibiotics, be sure to keep taking your medicine regularly for as long as it was prescribed. To help manage your infection, you should also get rest and drink water. Eat foods that are easy to digest; stay... Full Answer
- Q Do bacterial throat infections affect children differently than adults?
Bacterial throat infections do not affect children much differently than they do adults. However, they do affect children much more frequently. Strep throat in particular primarily affects children over five but under 15. Children should also be more... Full Answer