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What to do if I have a sore throat virus caused by singing too loud what should I do?

What to do if I have a sore throat virus caused by singing too loud what should I do?

Soreness of Throat.: From your description you may have strained your vocal cords (as opposed to having a viral infection). Give yourself some voice rest. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. Take care. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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Why would you throw up while having a sore throat virus?

Why would you throw up while having a sore throat virus?

Nausea/ vomitting: Greetings welcome to the world of a viral URI. These symptoms are very common for a URI if after 5-7 Days you don't see reilief. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and I have had it for 2 weeks, it's a virus. How can I get healthy fast?

I have a sore throat and I have had it for 2 weeks, it's a virus. How can I get healthy fast?

Viral sore throat: Rest, get plenty of fluids, eat healthful meals. Gargle with mixture of warm salt water, mouthwash, & hydrogen peroxide (do not swallow!) to soothe throat & help kill virus. Benzocaine lozenges can help soothe pain. Zinc lozenges r claimed by many to speed recovery. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to first start experiencing a symptom (sore throat) of a virus?

Please tell me how long it takes for to first start experiencing a symptom (sore throat) of a virus?

That depends: Upper respiratory viral symptoms usually start about 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. ...Read more

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I've been having a sore throat since January, every other month I'm getting sick. I've had virus symptoms as well.

I've been having a sore throat since January, every other month I'm getting sick. I've had virus symptoms as well.

Throat Irrigation: Recurrent sore throat can be helped by local pulsed irrigation. You air the stream of warm water to just behind the last tooth. The pulsation and massage removes surface bacteria, reduces swelling and lymph-edema
Twice a day irrigation is often sufficient. Also, chew Xylitol chewing gum. ...Read more

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I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I've been tired all day. Now I have a headache. What could i be getting? Is it that bug/virus going around?

I woke up this morning with a sore throat, I've been tired all day. Now I have a headache. What could i be getting? Is it that bug/virus going around?

Virus or allergies: Sore throat for a day, most commonly is viral pharyngitis(infection) or irritated throat from nasal allergies. If having other nasal symptoms like congestion, itchy/watery nose/eyes, sneezing then consider trying an antihistamine like zyrtec and nasal saline rinse. If not, and it's a viral pharyngitis, you should rest, drinks lots of water, chicken noodle soup. If no better in week then see md. ...Read more

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Will a throat swab find if sore throat is caused by a virus?

Will a throat swab find if sore throat is caused by a virus?

Routine swab NO: Routine swab cultures are done for bacteria some times fungus not done for virus. Virus isolation require complex techniques from take specimen to transmitting into mediam by specially trained personnel Speak to your doctor will explain to you if you need it. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat what do I have and my temp is 100.0 and I don't have any virus symptoms.

I have a sore throat what do I have and my temp is 100.0 and I don't have any virus symptoms.

Sore throat: How long have you had the sore throat? Most sore throats, 80%, are viral in origin. It usually takes 7 to 10 days before it becomes bacterial. You should take throat lozenges, gargle salt water, drink lots of fluids, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for discomfort. If it gets progressively worse and there is a white discharge, you need to see MD for exam, culture, and possibly antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had a sore throat for over a week. Doctor said it was just a virus but the sore throat won't go away. Is it normal to last this long?

Had a sore throat for over a week. Doctor said it was just a virus but the sore throat won't go away. Is it normal to last this long?

Yes: If regular culture were not done — would have them since the strep screen testsare often inaccurate.
Virus like mononucleoisis can last a long time. Would ask your physician test for that. ...Read more

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Had bad virus w/severe sore throat 3 weeks ago. Steroids helped pain go away totally but now a few days later it hurts again. Strep neg. What is it

Had bad virus w/severe sore throat 3 weeks ago. Steroids helped pain go away totally but now a few days later it hurts again.  Strep neg. What is it

Not certain: It s unclear why you were given steroids. This type of pain relieve we see with mono. You are not in the age range. I think you need a clearer disgnosis. Ask your physician to see if there is anotehr diagnosis ...Read more

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Sore throat one side but no cold or infection or virus? What is this?

Sore throat one side but no cold or infection or virus? What is this?

Throat pain: In light of your age the most like dx is viral or bacterial tonsillitis or pharyngitis. Infections can affect one tonsil more. A peritonsillar abscess can also develop and you should seek attention immediate attention. Sometimes acid reflux or other problems can cause this. If it doesn't improve in 8-12 days or if it gets worse you should see someone. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat deep in my neck and a cough; my throat looks "normal". Could it be a virus? Or something worse?

I have a sore throat deep in my neck and a cough; my throat looks "normal". Could it be a virus? Or something worse?

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, Advil) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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M south indian. Are sore throats caused by some viruses. Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

M south indian. Are sore throats caused by some viruses. Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

See below: Hot salt water gargling will definitely help. It is one of the best initial treatments. However, it won't kill the virus. Your immune system does that. Gargling will clear out the mucus and contaminants from the air that get trapped. This can lead to discomfort, frequent coughing, and even secondary infections sometimes. Even if bacterial and you need antibiotics, I strongly recommend gargling. ...Read more

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Child has bad sore throat and dr said it was real red but strep test neg so said its virus but she has had strep before and didn't hurt like this?

Child has bad sore throat and dr said it was real red but strep test neg so said its virus but she has had strep before and didn't hurt like this?

It happens: Some of the nastiest throats I have ever seen have been viral, specifically mono, which never responds to antibiotics. Comfort care with chilled foods, soft foods, ibuprofen for discomfort & fever are really all they need. As long as you keep the kid well hydrated their system should gradually take care of the germ. ...Read more

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Had sore throat & felt VERY low energy like start of common cold. Gone after 24hrs. Could my body have fought off the virus that quickly? Other?

Germs vs. host: Well there are so many types of germs out there and of course God made us all different... so whenever you put the two together — germ vs. host it depends on what the match up is like. If your symptom free after 1 day that's absolutely great. Could have been a weak virus, could have been your amazing immune system, or a combination of both! Celebrate good health! Cheers. Dr. Steve ...Read more

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Sore throat and my knecks aching doctor just looked at my tonsils and said just a virus?

Sore throat and my knecks aching doctor just looked at my tonsils and said just a virus?

URI: Upper respiratory tract infections are viral infections, &most of these have no treatment other than treating symptoms until it passes. Sometimes a sore throat/neck pain can be a bacterial infection but we look at the whole picture to see who should be tested/treated. Why not just give antibiotics to all? They create SuperBugs, reactions, can hurt>help, & if it's mono(a virus), can cause a rash. ...Read more

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My child is 3years 8months old. What can I give her for her sore throat. The doctor told us she has a virus.

Sore throat: If it is viral, as what your doctor told you, then it will go on its own, some pain killers and salt water gargles, if she can gargle, but if no improvement, in few days you may want to see your doctor again for re-evaluation as she might then need Rx medications, all the best ...Read more

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2 days felt fine in the morning but by 2pm I feel sick. Headache, nasuous, sore throat, cold. Is this the course of a virus? How do I treat this?

2 days felt fine in the morning but by 2pm I feel sick. Headache, nasuous, sore throat, cold.  Is this the course of a virus? How do I treat this?

Cold Treatment: There's no cure for the common cold. Antibiotics are of no use against cold viruses and shouldn't be used unless there's a bacterial infection. Treatment is directed at relieving signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat, sneezing, coughing, and feel tired. Could this be strep? Or just a virus?

Mostly viral: So rest, fluids, salt water gargles and pain killers, if no improvement in a day or two, and sore throat just becomes worse, see your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Is there a virus going around I'm oklahoma that makes you tired, achy, sore throat, ribs hurt. It comes and goes. One day your ok next day feel bad?

Is there a virus going around I'm oklahoma that makes you tired, achy, sore throat, ribs hurt. It comes and goes. One day your ok next day feel bad?

Yes: 3-4 types of virus going around all has different symptoms 1gastrointrstinal with diarrhoea
2.upper respitory 4. Generalized body achc and sinus and 4.the real flu ...Read more

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I am exp earache (quality: dull or aching sensation) (mild) and sore throat. Intermittently. Moves left to right. Doc 2wks ago -virus. Normal?

I am exp earache (quality: dull or aching sensation) (mild) and sore throat. Intermittently. Moves left to right. Doc 2wks ago -virus. Normal?

Common: Looks like middle ear infection together with pharyngitis, usually viral, but secondary bacterial infection may ensue. Kindly revisit your doctor for a second look as you may need antibiotics, meanwhile saline nasal washes and salt water gargles would help decongest the area, and take pain killers as needed, good luck ...Read more

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Can same virus have different effect different people? For example an adult may get bronchitis whereas an infant get sore throat and fever from it

Can same virus have different effect different people? For example an adult may get bronchitis whereas an infant get sore throat and fever from it

Sure: This is seen commonly! A baby or toddler may just get a runny nose and cough for three days, and then the adults exposed to the child may get "bronchitis" with more manifestation of coughing during the illness. ...Read more

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My son is 9 years old he has a rash for few all over his body is this could be a virus has sore throat to no fever???

My son is 9 years old he has a rash for few all over his body is this could be a virus has sore throat to no fever???

Scarlet Fever: Many rashes are viral in nature, and are generally not dangerous. They resolve on their own when the infection is cleared by the immune system. One exception to this is Scarlet Fever, the combination of Strep throat and rash (the rash usually only involves the face and chest but can be more extensive). Strep infections require antibiotic treatment for cure and prevention of complications. ...Read more

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Tested negative for strep have a real bad sore throat high fever for 2 days what type of virus is this? And how do I beat it.

Tested negative for strep have a real bad sore throat high fever for 2 days what type of virus is this? And how do I beat it.

Sore throat: It could be any kind of virus causing the symptoms described by you. It usually takes more than 2 days to disappear. I would wait at least another couple of days to see if you need further work up. Until then, push fluids, salt water gargles. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for pain and fever and rest if you need. Soft foods, avoid hot/cold liquids or anything hard to swallow. ...Read more

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Headache, sore throat, stiff neck, feel warm, general discomfort...these are my symptoms...could I have strep or just a virus?

Headache, sore throat, stiff neck, feel warm, general discomfort...these are my symptoms...could I have strep or just a virus?

Can be either...: 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 stiff neck should be checked out to see if there is something serious. ...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


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more