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What viral illnesses cause viral throat infection?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are several viral illnesses that can cause a viral throat infection. These include:

  • the common cold
  • measles
  • chickenpox
  • croup
  • the Epstein-Barr virus
  • the Coxsackie virus
  • the flu

The symptoms that accompany the sore throat can help you know what kind of viral infection you have. Symptoms of the cold can include sneezing, coughing, and fever, as well as headache. Flu symptoms include fatigue, aches, fever, and chills. Mononucleosis symptoms include headache, lack of appetite, enlarged spleen, inflamed liver, and enlarged tonsils.

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