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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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What bacteria can cause tonsillitis/sore throat?

What bacteria can cause tonsillitis/sore throat?

Streptococcus pyogen: According to myo clinic , strep throat, which is caused by a bacterium known as streptococcus pyogenes, or group a streptococcus whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection diphtheria, a serious respiratory illness that's rare in industrialized nations but is more common in developing countries. ...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 doesnt 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?

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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?

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?

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 different 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 you're 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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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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Started a cold 10 days ago. Bad sore throat progressed to lots of mucous. Now mucous is all gone but sore throat is back. Could it be a new virus?

Started a cold 10 days ago.  Bad sore throat progressed to lots of mucous.  Now mucous is all gone but sore throat is back.  Could it be a new virus?

Maybe. Maybe not.: Throat pain can be from 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 a doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to see about antibiotics). Some lozenges or Tylenol (acetaminophen) can temporarily decrease throat pain. ...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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Can bacteria get resistance to antiseptic lozenges for sore throat? For how long these lozenges can be used safely?

Bacteria laughing!: Bacteria are laughing! do "antiseptic" lozenges kill bacteria? Only in the mind of the food and pharmaceutical industry. Moreover – sore throat is more often caused by the viruses, not by the bacteria. Another misconception promoted by the pharmaceutical industry. ...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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Daughter has constant sore throat. no temp no redness or white patches. Its pain where her thyroid is and up.she gets swabbed there is bacteria. pain ?

Daughter has constant sore throat. no temp no redness or white patches. Its pain where her thyroid is and up.she gets swabbed there is bacteria. pain ?

Sore throat: May have reflux, food allergies , environmental allergies with post nasal drip or mononucleosis, rarely thyroid disease. Would raise head of bed while sleeping consider trial of antihistamine before bed and /or Zantac/ Prevecid. for reflux.. Follow up with allergist, consider thyroid studies including ultrasound ...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 he 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

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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more