Are over-the-counter medications available for viral throat infection?

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No medications actually treat viral throat infection, but some may relieve the symptoms. Common viral throat infections typically cause a sore throat but are often accompanied by fever, headaches, fatigue, and general feeling of illness. Over-the-counter medications can help to relieve the pain and reduce the fever associated with the virus even though the virus is not directly affected.

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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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