What is a viral throat infection?

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A viral throat infection is a sore throat caused by a virus, not bacteria. Although many people suspect strep throat when they have a sore throat, most sore throats are caused by a virus similar to the virus that causes the common cold or influenza. A viral infection, unlike strep throat and other bacterial infections, cannot be treated with antibiotics but usually resolves quickly without the use of antiviral medications. Viral infections that affect the throat may include croup in children, the common cold, flu, chickenpox, measles, and mononucleosis.

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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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