Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections
Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.

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    ARealAge answered

    A viral sore throat cannot be treated with antibiotics. Viral sore throats usually go away on their own within three days. Besides a sore throat, symptoms of a viral infection may include a low-grade fever, a runny or stuffy nose and a slight cough. Mild sore throats also can accompany a cold or flu. Generally these are not serious conditions and can be treated at home.

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    ADiana Blythe, MD, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Pediatric Associates

    Tonsillitis is an infection or inflammation of the tonsils which is usually caused by a bacteria or virus. Sometimes streptococcus pyogenes,"Strep", is the bacterial cause of tonsillitis. Adenovirus and "Mononucleosis" (Epstein Barr) are two common viral causes. 

    If you have tonsillitis, please see your doctor to make sure you do not have a bacterial cause and need antibiotics. If the infection is Strep, antibiotics are needed to protect from scarlet fever and rheumatic heart disease. If the infection is viral, antibiotics will not help and your body will fight the virus. Either way, make sure you get rest and good nutrition.

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    For children and adults, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, decongestants and saline nasal sprays may help relieve some symptoms of viral infections. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed. Many over-the-counter products are not recommended for children younger than certain ages.

    For a sore throat:
    • Soothe a sore throat with ice chips, sore throat spray, or lozenges (do not give lozenges to young children).
    • Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer.
    • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain or fever (check what is safe to give your child).
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    AJames Fortenberry, MD, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    Most children with croup can be cared for at home.

    Call 911 or your local ambulance service right away if your child:

    • Is so tired and weak that he hardly responds to you
    • Is working very hard to breathe or finds it hard to take a breath
    • Has a blue or dark purple color to the nail beds, lips or gums
    • Grunts when he breathes
    • Chest retractions (skin pulling in around the ribs when breathing)
    • Stops breathing for more than 10 seconds
    • Cannot speak while trying to breathe
    • Has any breathing problem that needs care right away

    Call your child’s doctor if your child:

    • Does not smile or show interest in play for at least a few minutes during any four-hour period
    • Is working hard to breathe
    • Is choking when being fed clear liquids, drooling or having trouble swallowing

    Also call if your child has:

    • A new fever since being seen by the doctor (temperature over 100.3°F)
    • New symptoms such as chest pain, wheezing or stomach pain
    • Problems taking the medicine ordered by his doctor
    • A cough that often wakes him up at night
    • A hoarse sound with every breath, even when he is resting quietly
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    A Daphne Oz, Health Education, answered
    Sore throat sometimes accompanies your cold or comes on its own, especially when you aren't getting enough sleep or are sleeping in a very dry room. Drugstore-variety throat lozenges, especially those with lemon and honey, are very helpful for mild soreness. Also, drinking tea with honey and lemon can help. But when you need something with a little more kick to get over a sore throat, try the following tried-and-true remedies:
    • Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water and add Weleda Ratanhia Mouthwash with myrrh (as directed on bottle) to the solution. Gargle for thirty seconds and spit. Repeat until solution is finished. Do not rinse; you want the solution to coat your throat and stay there as long as possible, so that the beneficial properties of the salt and myrrh have the most time to work.
    • Pour five to ten drops of NutriBiotic's Grapefruit Seed Extract into one cup of warm water and gargle for sixty seconds.
    • Drink tea as often as you like. Two that are especially useful for curing sore throats are Celestial Seasonings' Throat Soothers and Traditional Medicinals' Throat Coat.
    • Warm chicken soup or miso soup (clear, warm liquids) also help soothe the pain associated with sore throats.
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    AJames Fortenberry, MD, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

    A virus causes most sore throats. Viruses cannot be treated with an antibiotic. Bacteria called Group A Streptococcus -- “Strep” -- cause some sore throats, and would benefit from treatment with an antibiotic. Have your child seen by a doctor to check if a test for Strep needs to be done.

    A “quick test for Strep” can be done to find out if a virus or Strep caused your child’s sore throat. If the quick test is negative, an overnight culture will be done. Sometimes, the culture is positive even though the quick test was negative.

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    A Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
    Put him in the bathroom, turn the shower on steamy, and let him breathe in the steam. (Neither of you has to be in the shower.) After twenty minutes or so, take him out back for a minute or two; the cold air hitting his lubricated lungs will further decrease inflammation. Next, back into the shower steam for twenty minutes, then back outside, back and forth, until he can breathe again without coughing so hard that he throws up. Yes, that happens, but it's not dangerous as long as he's upright.
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    A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Croup is a viral infection that narrows the airways (into the shape of a church steeple) and comes with a cough that sounds scarier than it actually is. At about the time that inflammation of the airways occurs, your child will develop a seal-like, barky cough. A runny nose may be the first sign, and the cough usually sounds worse at night.
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    A Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, Pediatrics, answered
    The most important thing is to keep him well hydrated, so let him drink anything that he likes. Some children need a little encouragement, but most can be coaxed to take small sips with a straw. Popsicles work well too! Your pediatrician may also recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.