How does a viral throat infection affect the body?

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A viral throat infection affects the body differently, depending on the type of virus that attacks the body and who is infected. Many viral throat infections similar to those of the common cold or influenza may cause soreness, fatigue, and fever. Viral infections like cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may go virtually undetected in many healthy adults. The same viruses can lead to mononucleosis in teens and young adults or serious complications for those with compromised immune systems. Mononucleosis can result in flu-like symptoms that last weeks or even months. CMV may cause complications in several organs including the eyes, lungs, liver, and brain.

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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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