How does a sore throat affect the body?

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Once the virus or bacteria enters your nose or mouth, your body will try to do its best to fight it off. The viral cells will replicate and attack certain parts of the body. If your immune system can't conquer the virus completely, then the virus may enter the bloodstream and cause the pain and soreness of your throat and other symptoms of the particular illness. Certain areas of the throat may even swell, like your tonsils, which is a sign that your immune system is still in the fight to destroy the invading cells.

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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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