How do other illnesses affect viral throat infection?

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Viral throat infection typically goes away without medical intervention but may occasionally lead to further complications. If someone with a compromised immune system from organ transplant or HIV acquires a viral throat infection, many complications may arise. Sometimes the virus can attack another organ, while at other times it may remain in the cell and become a latent infection. Latent infections may cause disease if the cell is later disturbed. In some rare cases, an infected cell begins to divide abnormally, and the cell becomes cancerous.

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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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