Is pharyngitis a type of viral throat infection?

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Pharyngitis is a term that refers to sore throats whether they are caused by a viral throat infection, bacteria or some other form of irritation. Pharyngitis is often a symptom of another illness like a cold or influenza. A viral throat infection is one of the most common causes of pharyngitis and, therefore, cannot be treated with antibiotics. Pharyngitis is treated with antibiotics if caused by bacteria as in strep throat.

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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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