What increases my risk for viral throat infection?

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Viral throat infections are very common. Being a child or teenager puts you at increased risk for contracting a viral throat infection. You are at increased risk of contracting a viral throat infection if you are in close contact with others who may be infected, you do not practice good hygiene like washing hands before eating, and you have a weakened immune system from stress, fatigue, or illness. Environmental factors like cigarette smoke and chemical irritants may also lessen your resistance to infection.

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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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