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A 35-year-old member asked:

how long can viral pharyngitis last?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
2 to 4 days: The sore throat usually lasts only 2 to 4 days. The entire cold usually resolves in 7 days.
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
A week: Most cases resolve within 1week.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have viral pharyngitis?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Its most common: Most cases of pharyngitis are caused by various viruses such as rhinovirus. If you have exudate on your tonsils or pharynx, if you have fever, if you have tender swollen lymph nodes you should have a rapid strep test to rule out group a streptococcus infection. If not you probably have viral pharyngitis and it will resolve spontaneously.
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A 19-year-old female asked:

What exactly is viral pharyngitis?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Viral infection: Viral pharyngitis is an infection of the upper throat ( the pharynx ) caused by a virus. Viral pharyngitis is usually a limited infection and requires no specific treatment.

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