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A 22-year-old male asked:

how can you differentiate laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis based on physical manifestations?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Nice question: "itis-" means inflammation. Laryngitis is inflammation of larynx, hoarseness/voice changes would be major symptom. Pharyngitis is inflammation of throat, pain & difficulty swallowing are symptoms. Tonsillitis is inflammation of tonsils manifesting as sore throat, fever or neck/ear pain. Most common cause for all 3 is viral infection. Strep can cause tonsillitis & pharyngits but not laryngitis.

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