What causes viral throat infection?

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Viral throat infection is caused by tiny organisms that attack the cells of the respiratory system in the human body. Once inside the cell, the virus tries to control the cell and keeps it from functioning normally. As the cell malfunctions and dies, the virus is spread to other cells, causing symptoms of a sore throat. Viral throat infections are usually spread through the mouth or nose by kissing, sneezing, coughing, or direct contact with shared objects. A viral throat infection may be connected to a viral infection of other organs, such as the lungs.

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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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