How do I care for someone with a viral throat infection?

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To care for someone with a viral throat infection, it is important to make the person comfortable. If the infection is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or the viruses similar to a common cold, it is not treatable with medications. Give plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration, offer pain relievers, and allow the person to rest whenever needed. Isolation is not necessary, but maintaining good personal hygiene will reduce the risk of contagion.

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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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