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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Please tell me if there are any medicines for chronic viral infection of the throat?

Please tell me if there are any medicines for chronic viral infection of the throat?

Chronic?: There are really no chronic viral infections of the throat, although some like Epstein-Barr virus can be excreted in the saliva on and off without symptoms ...Read more

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My throat is bad coughing thick mucous and it hurts!!! Is it a viral infection..its been 2 days now..!!!

My throat is bad coughing thick mucous and it hurts!!! Is it a viral infection..its been 2 days now..!!!

Dr. can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a viral infection which I have in my throat to linger for 6 weeks. I don't have any infection, my doctor checked everything.

Is it possible for a viral infection which I have in my throat to linger for 6 weeks. I don't have any infection, my doctor checked everything.

Viral infection?: Typical viral infections last only three to five days, so I would doubt that a six week infection would be due to a virus. I think this needs to be looked into more. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have strep throat or a viral infection?

Throat culture: is the most specific means to determining the exact cause of a sore throat. Rapid tests such as throat swabs will detect Strep infections with 80% accuracy, but will provide no information about a specific viral cause. Blood tests may be helpful in determining if antibiotics are warranted. Be wary of those who diagnose a throat infection by sight alone. ...Read more

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Can an irritated soar throat be diagnosed by my doctor as a viral infection without a test ?

Can an irritated soar throat be diagnosed by my doctor as a viral infection without a test ?

Clinical assessment: Possibly. But not definitively. There can be signs and symptoms strongly suggestive of a diagnosis or the absence thereof, but to be certain, a throat culture or rapid strep test might be helpful. ...Read more

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Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

Sinus and throat felt funny and now gone and have a very croupy cough. Is this a viral infection?

Viral syndrome: It sounds like you may have picked up a viral syndrome. The best thing to do is to remain hydrated, use Ibuprofen at the appropriate dose and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Infections (Definition)

Viral infections are common causes of illness. Severity of viral infections can range from minor colds ...Read more