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how do u tell the difference between a viral or bacterial throat infection?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 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 also be similar. Therefore, a culture of the throat will determine if you have pathological bacterial species. This is how any physician can only determine the etiology of a sore throat.
Answered on Mar 16, 2015

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