How do other illnesses affect viral throat infection?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

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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