A 27-year-old male asked:
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hello. i have a lot of white stuff on the back of my throat. doctor told me not strep and may be viral. doesn't white mean bacterial infection?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No: You can't tell the difference between a strep throat and a viral sore throat by looking. You have to do the test.
Answered on Oct 11, 2013
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Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Not necessarily: Your doctor came to your diagnosis after considering your entire clinical picture, not just presence (or absence) of white stuff.
Answered on Mar 16, 2017
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