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How Long Does A Viral Sore Throat Infection Last
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
Variable: A virus could last anywhere from a few days to several weeks - depending on how well you're taking care of yourself in terms of hydration, diet, getting enough sleep, not smoking, etc. However, if a sore throat persists - it should be checked out by a physician to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more
Fever and strep: Hello, it depends on the infection, the intensity or degree of inoculation, your immune status and overall state of health. Typically, the infection and fever will be treated with medicine to reduce the fever like Acetaminophen or an antibiotic. You should see the fever resolve with a few days. If it persists, see your doctor for another evaluation. ...Read more
Sore throat for 10 days, only hurts when swallowing. Days 4-6 was worse with sinus pain. Not strep or mono. Viral infection? How long could it last?
1-3 days after: After you start appropriate treatment for appropriately diagnosed strep throat, the fever usually resolves within a couple of days. If it lasts longer than 3 days after taking medicine as prescribed, you should contact the doctor as you may have developed an abcess that needs draining or other complication. It would also be possible the wrong diagnosis was made, and need to make sure on right meds. ...Read more
Less than a week: Viral sorethoats usually last only 3-5 days at most. Strep throat can last longer without treatment. Should get checked for strep if fever >3 days, body aches, white spots on tonsils, tender glands in neck. Mononucleosis and sorethroat from allergies or acid reflux can last much longer. Should probably get any sorethroat that lasts longer than 10 days checked out. ...Read more
How long could viral upper respiratory infection last?! It's been a week, still coughing a lot, sore throat, no voice :(
Cheer up: You were probably most contagious just before you got sick, so the virus could spread before you went to bed. If you have a fever, wait until it's normal for 24 hours. Otherwise, when you feel better your body has won, made antibodies, and you shouldn't be able to pass it on. There is no firm rule since lots of viruses cause sore throats. ...Read more
See details: Until it is effectively treated or the infection resolves. The time varies. Viral causes usually resolve within 4-5 days. ...Read more
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