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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    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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    A , Pharmacy, answered
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A , 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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    The primary symptom of croup is a loud, barking cough, though this is often preceded by symptoms that are more typical of a common cold, such as a runny nose and a milder cough. In more severe cases, the swelling in the throat associated with croup can lead to trouble breathing. A symptom of this labored breathing may be a whistling noise, which is known as stridor, with each intake of breath. About half the time, a fever accompanies croup. The symptoms of croup are often more severe at night.