What is a viral sore throat?

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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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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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