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What is a viral sore throat?

Viral sore throats usually go away on their own within three days. They may be the result of a cold (rhinovirus, adenovirus, coronavirus) or flu (influenza virus). Besides a sore throat, symptoms of a viral infection may include a low-grade fever, a runny or stuffy nose and a slight cough. Generally these are not serious conditions and can be treated at home. Respiratory syncytial virus also causes cold-like symptoms that may include sore throat; it is usually harmless but can be dangerous in infants. A viral sore throat cannot be treated with antibiotics. Note that strep throat is caused by bacteria, not viruses.

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