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Does a viral sore throat hurt as much as a strep throat infection?

Does a viral sore throat hurt as much as a strep throat infection?

You bet...: ....And sometimes more. Some of the worst sore throats I have treated were caused by the epstein barr virus. Sometimes strep hurts a lot, and sometimes strep doesn't hurt that much at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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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How do I know if I have a chronic sore throat infection?

How do I know if I have a chronic sore throat infection?

Besides: Symptoms of discomfort - a medical evaluation will help to determine if the cause is an infection or not. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a chronic sore throat infection?

Duration, phlegm: Diagnosis if chronic should be made on exam by MD, with cultures and exam of the sinuses if sore. Color of phlegm is important. If yellow, green= infection needing antibiotics ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, are the white spots in my throat infection?

I have a sore throat, are the white spots in my throat infection?

Get a swab taken: Most sore throats are caused by viruses and therefore antibiotics do not alter the cause of the infection. However you can get a secondary bacterial infection when your immune system is lowered and therefore it is wise to see your GP so that a swab can be taken and sent to the lab (especially if your symptoms are worsening rather than improving). White spots could possibly indicate a strep throat. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a chronic sore throat infection?

Your physician: can evaluate to see if throat irritation is due to infection, allergies, tobacco, GERD etc. ...Read more

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Why I have sore throat( throat infection) with pain 5 times in 2 months? And i feel my spite is not clear and there is some little things in it? Thank

Why I have sore throat( throat infection) with pain 5 times in 2 months? And i feel my spite is not clear and there is some little things in it? Thank

Possible strep: There are several causes for sore throat - virus & bacteria - and you may just be unlucky enough to pick them up from your contacts. However, streptococcus is one particular group of bacteria that can hide in your tonsils and emerge whenever your immune system declines even just a little. Check with your doctor and if it proves to be strep, you may need your tonsils removed. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side. ?

I have a sore throat on only one side there is white stuff behind the tonsil. Is it possible to only have a throat infection on one side. ?

Tonsillitis: Infection of one tonsil may do this, or you may have a retro-tonsillar abscess. See an ENT doctor and get yourself examined. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can the smoke of smoking cause sore throat or throat infection? Why?

Can the smoke of smoking cause sore throat or throat infection?  Why?

Yes: Smoking, by it's nature, can irritate throat linings by both heat and ash content. Once irritated, a secondary infection can ensue. ...Read more

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Throat infection. Prescribe levoflaxcin 500 mg. once a day. Day three now minimal improvement. 4th time with sore Throat this year ?

Viral or allergies: this could be a viral infection, or environmental allergies, neither or which will respond to antibiotic treatment. Ask your doctor about these possibilities. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can using cocaine a few days ago be the reason for my sore throat due to nasal drip? Was wondering if i have a throat infection or if its from that

Can using cocaine a few days ago be the reason for my sore throat due to nasal drip? Was wondering if i have a throat infection or if its from that

Yes it can: cocaine is very irritant to the nasal mucous membrane, to the point it can perforated. so yes your throat is sore from the cocaine. it is not a good idea to play with fire by the way.regardless how fascinating the fire work is. ...Read more

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Might a throat infection cause your heart to beat fast because of sore throat pain?

Might a throat infection cause your heart to beat fast because of sore throat pain?

Yes: A throat infection is a state of inflammation in the body. During this process your temperature may rise and your heart rate may increase, both in an attempt to combat and eliminate the infection from the body. Therefore it is normal to have an increased heart rate during any form of infection in the body ...Read more

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I had a bacterial throat infection, had a dose of anti biotics and a repeat. 4 days after finishing im getting a sore throat and white tongue. Ideas?

I had a bacterial throat infection, had a dose of anti biotics and a repeat. 4 days after finishing im getting a sore throat and white tongue. Ideas?

Possible thrush..: White tongue and sore throat might be symptoms and signs of oral thrush which is associated with a yeast(fungal) infection and require other type of antibiotics to be prescribed. Please make an appointment with your doctor so a direct exam can be performed and appropriate treatment prescribed. ...Read more

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I have sore throat I've lost my voice 1 day. I have asmtha. Doctor told me it's throat infection as it's red. As I cough servery ?. What do you think

I have sore throat I've lost my voice 1 day. I have asmtha.  Doctor told me it's throat infection as it's red. As I cough servery ?. What do you think

? viral: Most probably it is a viral infection of your upper airways and probably affecting your lower airways too. Secondary bacterial infection can kick in, so if your doctor prescribes you an antibiotic, it's warranted according to his/her judgment. Please keep taking your controller medicines you're usually on for your asthma, and use the rescue medicines, as Albuterol inhaler if you need for cough ...Read more

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Have hep c n cirohsis, gallstone, mvr , if having fever or sore throat, wt shld one take to cure fever or throat infection which is lite on liver?

Have hep c n cirohsis, gallstone, mvr , if having fever or sore throat, wt shld one take to cure fever or throat infection which is lite on  liver?

Amoxicillin: Amoxicillin is quite safe unless there is an allergy to it. There are also other safe antibiotics. Ask you doctor, who knows your history. ...Read more

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What can I do if my period has lasted more than 6 days, could it be because of my pharyngitis(sore throat)?

No: Really no reason why a sore throat would cause a period of six days(which for a lot of people is the normal lenght). ...Read more

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I have had pharyngitis for almost 2 weeks. The sore throat went away but each side hurts to swallow, then goes away and comes back. Help?

I have had pharyngitis for almost 2 weeks. The sore throat went away but each side hurts to swallow, then goes away and comes back. Help?

Pharyngitis: A sore, red throat with pus on the tonsils, swollen neck lymph nodes, and fever may be strep pharyngitis, a bacterial infection that must be treated with antibiotics to avoid complications. In the absence of these symptoms, it's a virus which will run its course. Fatigue, liver and spleen swelling are signs of mononucleosis. Allergies can also cause throat pain. Get an evaluation if unsure. ...Read more

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Dr. Mohammed Parvez
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Pharyngitis (Definition)

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 ...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