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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Overview)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often called a sore throat.


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I was diagnosed with pharyngitis (painless). The doc. Suggested no meds only vitamin c. How does painless pharyngitis come about? Do u recommend meds?

I was diagnosed with pharyngitis (painless). The doc. Suggested no meds only vitamin c. How does painless pharyngitis come about? Do u recommend meds?

Pharyngitis-??: Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the back of the throat caused by bacterial or viral infection, or mechanical irritation like stomach acid. What was seen to diagnose this? If you have no pain or other symptoms you may want to visit an ENT to get a better look at your throat. Vitamin c will do nothing for pharyngitis, but a multivitamin is always a good idea. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Mohammed Parvez
427 Doctors shared insights

Pharyngitis (Overview)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often called a sore throat.


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What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

Likely a virus: Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics. Use of throat lossenges & sprays help. An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases. ...Read more

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18 d ago I gave head for 3 sec, started to have fever, candida, pharyngitis. Went to the doctor to treat that, drugs gave me diahrea, but its also a sign of HIV? Also too took tests at d10 was -

18 d ago I gave head for 3 sec, started to have fever, candida, pharyngitis. Went to the doctor to treat that, drugs gave me diahrea, but its also a sign of HIV? Also too took tests at d10 was -

Six Weeks: Although it is unlikely that you would have picked up HIV from what you have described, it takes about six weeks at the earliest for tests to determine if you picked up HIV from that exposure.
While thrush can be a sign of hiv, I would not expect it to show that quickly after exposure. It is possible that the other person had a yeast infection and you picked that up. ...Read more

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What is the difference between sore throat and pharyngitis...In diagnosis, in treatment and in causes?

What is the difference between sore throat and pharyngitis...In diagnosis, in treatment and in causes?

No difference: A sore throat is common lay persons jargon for a possible pain and inflamation in the throat whereas Pharyngitis is the professional medical term for inflammation and infection of the throat (pharynx). Thus technically there is minimal difference and whist a sore throat is the presenting complaint of a patient, pharyngitis is the diagnosis by the physician ...Read more

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Daughter has one enlarged tonsil x one yr with only two pharyngitis diagnoses. Went to ENT and they want to take it out right away. Do I need a se?

Daughter has one enlarged tonsil x one yr with only two pharyngitis diagnoses. Went to ENT and they want to take it out right away. Do I need a se?

Depends: If one tonsil appears unusually large it may have had a prior abscess & might deserve to come out. If you are concerned about jumping into surgery right away get another opinion, preferably from someone not directly affiliated with the first doc. ...Read more

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I am was suffering from pharyngitis, I was taking medicine for 10 days but not back to normal still?

I am was suffering from pharyngitis, I was taking medicine for 10 days but not back to normal still?

Pharyngitis: What symptoms do you have? Fever? Sinus pressure? Purulent nasal discharge? Productive cough? If you're still having significant symptoms, perhaps the infection was viral or resistant bacteria. See your doc for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have viral pharyngitis?

How do I know if I have viral pharyngitis?

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. ...Read more

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If I drink cold water or in cold weather it causes pharyngitis how to improve my immunity?

Never heard of it.: Never heard of cold water causing pharyngitis. However you may try drinking it slower and see if the problem still continues. As for cold weather, I can only theorize that this can happen if you breathe through your mouth instead of your nose. If your nose is obstructed, reducing the nasal blockage may allow you to breathe through your nose. ...Read more

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I have HSV 1&2. And now viral pharyngitis. Does that mean im diagnosed with HIV?

I have HSV 1&2. And now viral pharyngitis. Does that mean im diagnosed with HIV?

No: Hsv (herpes simplex 1 and 2) is not a common pathogen for viral pharyngitis. Hiv (human immunodeficiency virus) is a completely separate virus and unless you have aids, then unlikely to be related at all to your viral pharyngitis. If you're at all worried about hiv, though, get a test to be sure, it's better than wondering, and responsible to do. Drink lots fluids, get lots of rest and get tested. ...Read more

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If you are allergic to penicillin, what would be your preferred drug to treat tonsillitis/pharyngitis?

Other choices: If it is a bacterial infection, the most common antibiotic would be erythromycin or a similar drug. However, many cases PF pharyngitis are due to viruses and don't require any antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be treated for pharyngitis with azithromycin?

Is it normal to be treated for pharyngitis with azithromycin?

Commonly prescribed: It's not unusual, but often unnecessary. Most pharyngitis is viral, so antbiotics like Azithromycin are just placebos. Azithromycin would work for strep throat, a type of pharyngitis that should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do you think of treating pharyngitis with amikacin?

What do you think of treating pharyngitis with amikacin?

Overkill?: Amikacin is an intravenous aminoglycoside class antibiotic.

Pharyngitis is usually an outpatient issue that can be handled with oral antibiotics.

I'm guessing the patient is hospitalized, and if it's a complicated case of pharyngitis (abcess?) then antibiotics should be directed towards whatever is cultured. ...Read more

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How long does it takes for clindamycin to cure pharyngitis?

How long does it takes for clindamycin to cure pharyngitis?

Depends on cause: If your pharyngitis is bacterial, and a bacteria that is susceptible to clindamycin, you should start feeling better in 24-48 hours.

Clindamycin will not treat a viral infection. Viral infections will usually go away after 7-10 days.

If your symptoms are worsening on antibiotics or you have having a harder time breathing or swallowing, you may want to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dry scratchy feeling in my throat and pharyngitis?

Is there anything I can do to get rid of this dry scratchy feeling in my throat and pharyngitis?

See doctor..: If these symptoms are persisting, you need to see your doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms as well as provide the proper treatment. If your symptoms are due to bacterial infection, you may need antibiotics. If it is viral, your symptoms will be improving over time. Drink plenty of liquids! Quit smoking if you are a smoker! ...Read more

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What are the risks of oral sex with streptococcal pharyngitis?

What are the risks of oral sex with streptococcal pharyngitis?

None, but...: Strep throat is only mildly contagious, and once you've been diagnosed and hopefully treatment has begun, risk of transmission is minimal. Be sure you do get it treated, as there's a danger to the kidneys later and even more serious to the heart. Rheumatic fever is a devastating disease preventable by treating strep throat. ...Read more

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Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Autoinmmune disease: Acute glomerular nephritis (agn) is the consequence of an autoimmune reaction against the kidney triggered by antibodies to streptococcus pyogenes, the infecting agent of "strep throat." pushing fluids will help your body recover more easily from the acute infection, but will not prevent the agn. Using proper antibiotics for an appropriate period of time will prevent most cases of agn. ...Read more

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What is gonorrheal pharyngitis?

What is gonorrheal pharyngitis?

Throat infection: Oral sex with a partner that has gonorrhea can lead to infection of the throat. ...Read more

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Can pharyngitis be cured?

Can pharyngitis be cured?

Sure: If viral, it will go away in time. If bacterial, antibiotics effect a c ure. ...Read more

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Can you die from pharyngitis?

Yes: There are many different causes of pharyngitis (i.e. infection or inflammation of the pharynx)

Depending on the type and if not treated corrected, it can form an abscess and spread to other parts of your throat/mouth/neck and even upper chest.
The consequences can be deadly. ...Read more

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What does pharyngitis feel like?

What does pharyngitis feel like?

Pharyngitis: Pharyngitis symptoms may include: dry, painful or scratchy throat; swollen, red tonsils that may have white patches; swallowing that is painful or difficult; hoarseness ; swollen, tender glands on neck. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pharyngitis?

Pharyngitis: Pharyngitis symptoms may include: dry, painful or scratchy throat; swollen, red tonsils that may have white patches; swallowing that is painful or difficult; hoarseness ; swollen, tender glands on neck. ...Read more

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How do you cure or treat pharyngitis?

See your doctor &: Get a Rapid Strep or Quick-Strep test. If negative, get a throat culture for Group A Streptococcus. Wait for the results. If +, take penicillin as prescribed for 10 days. If -, antibiotics will not help. Salt-water gargles of ½ tsp. Salt/1 cup water, Popsicles (not red or grape because they look like blood), cold liquids, hard candies, tea with honey & ibuprofen or acetaminophen help pain. ...Read more

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Is a 100.1 temp high with pharyngitis?

No: Actual fever is defined as a temp above 100.4; fever is a natural defense mechanism of the body. Unless you feel very uncomfortable I suggest not taking ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen). Make sure u hydrate well though as u lose fluids via sweating and fever. ...Read more

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What can I eat while having pharyngitis

Whatever you can: I trust that you do not have bacterial infection. If you have fever, it would be prudent to consult your doctor.
If it is a viral pharyngitis, you may eat what you eat normally, as long as you can swallow it without too much difficulty. Porridge like foods may be easier to eat. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long should pharyngitis last?

Pharyngitis: It depends on the cause. Strep will resolve within a week even if it is untreated. With treatment, it will generally get better within 48 hrs. Viral pharyngitis will also usually resove within a week. Mono will last longer and can be more severe. ...Read more

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I have pharyngitis, how long does it take to heal?

5-10 days: Depends on diagnosis causing infection
also which antiobiotic is used and its dosing. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does pharyngitis become serious?

Spread: Pharyngitis infections are near systems critical to your health such as the larynx and epiglottis. If a pharyngeal infections gets very bad it can form an abscess, occlude you airway even spread to tissues in the larynx. Now you would be getting quite ill before all these horrible events happen. Its important to treat pharyngeal bacterial infections when fever is involved or symptom worsen ...Read more