How do medications treat viral throat infection?

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Medicines are not used to treat viral throat infections. Antiviral drugs can be harmful to human cells, are difficult to develop, and are not effective in attacking the viruses that work on the metabolic functions within a cell. Sometimes antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections that accompany viral infections, but antiviral medicines are not typically used for throat infections. Pain relievers may help with any discomfort.

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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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