What viral illnesses cause viral throat infection?

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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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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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