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how long does a bacterial throat infection last

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
With Strep Throat: You will be contagious until you have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours and for up to 3 weeks if you are not treated with antibiotics.

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Not unusual: Lots of people get sore throat without abnormalities in WBC. Unless you have culture confirmation of it being bacterial, if was likely viral.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Identify bacteria: We all have bacteria in our mouths and throats. If your infant is actually sick from this, then it is essential that the child have a complete throat ... Read More
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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
24 years experience Family Medicine
Possible thrush..: White tongue and sore throat might be symptoms and signs of oral thrush which is associated with a yeast(fungal) infection and require other type of a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gustavo Ruiz de Castilla
32 years experience Periodontics
Oral candidiasis: Yes it is possible, oral candidiasis could be a possible infection causing all the symptoms you describe. Herpangina an infection caused by the coxsak ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Usually: treated with an antibiotic, although this is becoming less common because most throat infections are viral - unless you have been tested and are pos ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
52 years experience Rheumatology
A sore throat: A constant sore throat and possibly low grade fevers.
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Dr. Milton Mintz
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Nothing good!!: Get a throat culture & sensitivity!- see your pcp.
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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Hard to distinguish: clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
60 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Culture: The symptoms of viral or bacterial infection of the throat or tonsils may be similar. The appearance of these structures on physical examination may ... Read More

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