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A 29-year-old female asked:

My doctor told me i have a bacterial infection and congestion.sore troat. but told me is an atypical bacteria. what does that means? no mononucleosis.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Type of germ: Atypical bacteria is a label given to a group of germs with different physical characteristics than usual bacteria.The term has no significance to you, other than the doc has made the assessment that the features of your infection will respond best to meds used to treat the atypicals. It is doctor jargon,sorry we're so confusing.

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Last updated Apr 30, 2015

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