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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    One of the best ways to protect children against croup is to make sure that they wash their hands frequently. This is because most cases of croup are caused by the same kind of contagious virus that causes the common cold, and frequent hand-washing can help prevent the spread of this kind of virus. Avoiding contact with others who have respiratory infections or croup is also a good idea. Having children vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles can also help protect them, since these illnesses can lead to severe cases of croup.

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    Tonsillitis is caused by common viruses and bacteria. Most children are exposed to everyday germs at school or with playmates. Common sense and good hygiene are the best options to prevent tonsillitis. Keep your child away from other youngsters who are ill, see that they avoid sharing beverages and food, and encourage your kids to wash their hands frequently.

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    Many different illnesses can make your throat sore, including the common cold, the flu, and strep throat.

    Sore throats are sometimes accompanied by a fever, headache, muscle or joint pain, rash, or swollen lymph nodes. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor. More serious complications that may develop include a blockage of your airway or an abscess in your throat.
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    There are several things that you can do to prevent getting a sore throat. Be sure to keep yourself well hydrated by drinking eight to 12 glasses of fluid every day. Wash your hands often (especially if you are in contact with children). Do not smoke, and avoid being around people who do smoke. Avoid other throat irritants such as noxious fumes, yelling and screaming. Stay away from people who have strep throat or mononucleosis. Using a mist vaporizer may stop the onset of a sore throat due to dry air or mouth breathing.

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    Doctors usually diagnose croup based on the symptoms the child is experiencing, particularly the typical loud, barking cough. Being able to accurately describe your child's symptoms will help the doctor with the diagnosis, especially if your child is too young to describe them. Your child's doctor will probably conduct a physical exam as well, listening to your child's breathing with a stethoscope and examining the throat for signs of redness and swelling. In some cases, the doctor might decide an X-ray of the neck is necessary before a diagnosis can be definitive.

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    Though it can occur at any age, children are most susceptible to croup before they are six years old. Because it is usually caused by a virus, coming into contact with other children who are infected puts your child at risk. Frequent hand-washing can help reduce this risk. Premature birth may increase the risk of croup, due to the child's smaller airway. Children who have not been vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles are at increased risk of croup as well.

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    Because most cases of croup are caused by the same kind of contagious virus that causes the common cold, one of the best ways to prevent croup is to make sure that children wash their hands frequently. Parents should also try to avoid contact with others who have respiratory infections or croup. Having children vaccinated against diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), and measles can also help prevent croup, as these illnesses can lead to severe cases of croup.

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    In most cases, croup is caused by a parainfluenza virus. This kind of virus is contagious and can be transferred from person to person through the air or by handling objects that have come in contact with the virus. Less commonly, croup can be caused by other illnesses that impact the respiratory system, such as the flu, measles, bacterial infections, or respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as allergies.

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    You have two tonsils in the back of your throat, one on the left side and one on the right side. They help your body fight infection by trapping bacteria and other germs before they can travel into the rest of your body. But your tonsils can sometimes become infected themselves. This is called tonsillitis, and it causes the tonsils and throat to become sore, swollen and red. Treatment for a bacterial infection usually involves taking antibiotics. Some people need surgery to remove their tonsils (a tonsillectomy). If you have a sore throat, a white coating on your throat, fever, swollen glands or bad breath that won't go away, call your doctor for a correct diagnosis and treatment. If you've already been treated for tonsillitis or an infection (such as strep throat) and your symptoms don't get better or come back, you should also call your doctor.
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    Tonsillitis is inflammation, from infection, of the tonsils (the infection-fighting lymph tissue located on either side of the back of the mouth). Although it can occur at any age, tonsillitis is most common in children between the ages of five and 15. It is characterized by a severe sore throat.

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