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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    A Emergency Medicine, answered on behalf of
    Your doctor won't prescribe an antibiotic for your sore throat because the majority of the time a sore throat is caused by a virus, and antibiotics won't do anything for a virus. There are hundreds of viruses that cause sore throats. Sometimes allergies can give you a very bad sore throat. Things like bad acid reflux can give people a chronic sore throat. Antibiotics fight bacterial infections, and there are lots of things that aren't bacterial in nature that can cause sore throat symptoms.

    Over the years, healthcare providers have realized that when they give antibiotics to people who have viral illnesses, not only aren't the antibiotics doing anything, but they cause the bacteria that antibiotics do fight to become resistant over time. There was a period of time when healthcare providers were over-prescribing antibiotics, and they were over-prescribing them in unnecessary situations without even thinking of the possible consequences to it.

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    A Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of
    Sore throats can be caused by a virus or a bacteria,so questions to ask include what symptoms may suggest that the patient needs to be seen by a doctor and tested for example strep ,which is bacterial or infectious mononucleosis which is viral.What are the difference in symptoms if any between the two?

    What is the average duration of the illness and what symptomatic relief can be provided?
    What are the signs that suggest the condition is worsening?
    Is there a particular diet to be followed or foods to avoid with a sore throat?
    What is the risk of  exposure to others including family members and children in class?
    How is it spread and what preventative measures if any can be taken to minimize the spread of infection?
    What is the incubation period?
    These are all important questions to ask when your child develops a sore throat
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    A , Pharmacy, answered
    See a doctor for a sore throat if it's not better after a few days, or if you also have a high fever, swollen lymph nodes, or a rash.

    Sore throats are very common, and usually caused by a viral illness such as a cold or the flu. If you have a sore throat due to a cold, you can ease the pain by drinking warm or cool liquids, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, gargling with warm salt water, or sucking on lozenges.
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    A sore throat can be caused by a number of things. A sore throat may be caused by an inflammation of the throat tissue due to viruses or bacteria. Breathing through the mouth makes the throat dry and sore. Other factors, such as low humidity, smoking, air pollution, yelling and noxious fumes, can cause a sore throat. A sore throat also can be a symptom of heartburn or indigestion, caused by stomach acid working its way into the esophagus and irritating the throat lining. Sinus drainage from allergies or the common cold is yet another cause of a sore throat.

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    Call your child’s doctor if:

    • Your child does not smile or show interest in play for at least a few
            minutes during a four-hour period.
    • He begins drooling.
    • He is having more pain on one side of the throat than the other.
    • The pain gets worse or does not get better with treatment.
    • He cannot open his mouth wide.
    • He has a hard time swallowing.
    • His voice becomes muffled.
    • A new rash develops.
    • Neck movement causes pain.
    • He shows signs of dehydration (drying out) such as:

        - No urine in six to eight hours in an infant less than 1 year old
        - No urine in more than eight hours in a child older than 1 year old
        - No tears when crying
        - Sunken eyes
        - Dry lips and mouth
    • You have questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels.

    Also, if your child has strep and other family members develop a sore throat or fever, call your doctor.

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    A Pediatrics, answered on behalf of

    After seeing your pediatrician to make sure your child does not have strep throat, there are a few things you can do at home.

    Start by avoiding very hard and spicy foods, as they can irritate the throat more. Cool liquids or honey can soothe the throat and give some relief. If your child is old enough, you can try gargling with saline water or a mixture of Benadryl and Maalox in equal parts.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    What Are The Natural Treatments For A Sore Throat?
    Scientists have shown that sage is effective for treating sore throats. In this video, Tieraona Low Dog, MD, and Dr. Oz  demonstrate how sage gargle helps soothe sore throats.
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    A viral throat infection is a sore throat caused by a virus, not bacteria. Although many people suspect strep throat when they have a sore throat, most sore throats are caused by a virus similar to the virus that causes the common cold or influenza. A viral infection, unlike strep throat and other bacterial infections, cannot be treated with antibiotics but usually resolves quickly without the use of antiviral medications. Viral infections that affect the throat may include croup in children, the common cold, flu, chickenpox, measles, and mononucleosis.

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    Viral throat infection is caused by tiny organisms that attack the cells of the respiratory system in the human body. Once inside the cell, the virus tries to control the cell and keeps it from functioning normally. As the cell malfunctions and dies, the virus is spread to other cells, causing symptoms of a sore throat. Viral throat infections are usually spread through the mouth or nose by kissing, sneezing, coughing, or direct contact with shared objects. A viral throat infection may be connected to a viral infection of other organs, such as the lungs.