Is there a relationship between viral throat infection and herpes viruses?

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A viral throat infection may be caused by several types of viruses. The herpes viruses include eight different viruses. Epstein-Barr, which can cause mononucleosis, and cytomegalovirus are both types of herpes viruses that may lead directly to throat infections. Herpes simplex viruses 1, 2, and 3 cause blisters to form on the mucous membranes and skin. Herpes types 6 and 7 cause roseola infantum, which is a childhood illness. Herpes 8 has been connected to a cancer that develops in people who have acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS.

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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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