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

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 61 years experience
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.

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How to differentiate between a viral throat infection and a bacterial one?

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Hard to distinguish: clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially

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