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Doctor insights on: Sore Throat Bacterial Vs Viral Infection

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Should you go to work with a strep throat, sore throat, or viral infection?

Should you go to work with a strep throat, sore throat, or viral infection?

Strep throat: If you have strep throat, you can go back to work 24 hours after you have started antibiotics. Having a viral sore throat does not prevent you from going to work provided you do not have high fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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 long does it typically take to get over a viral infection that causes a sore throat?

How long does it typically take to get over a viral infection that causes a sore throat?

Depends: A viral URI can last from 3-12 days, depending upon the organism and your state of health. Some may develop a delayed coughing interval as the sore throat heals. The common cold is so named because it is common - hopefully that is all you have had to deal with. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

What to do if I have a viral infection, symptoms: fever, sore throat, and cold symptoms. What could it be?

Respiratory virus!: Good afternoon, with symptoms of sore throat, runny nose and fever probably, you are likely suffering from a viral respiratory infection. These will run their course of about a week. During this time, symptomatic relief can be achieved by taking medications such as ibuprofen, claritin, (loratadine) and sudafed. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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How do you know when a viral infection turns to bacterial infection? Still have sore throat, cough, been a week

How do you know when a viral infection turns to bacterial infection? Still have sore throat, cough, been a week

If: Drainage turns thick yellow and green, you start running a fever or you are getting worse rather tan better after a week you should see your doctor to see if it is now bacterial. ...Read more

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I have cough, colds, slight fever and sore throat. I was examined by the doctor and diagnosed of systemic viral infection? How come?

I have cough, colds, slight fever and sore throat. I was examined by the doctor and diagnosed of systemic viral infection? How come?

Viral infection: Clearly you have an upper respiratory infection but your doctor did not believe the source was bacterial based on your physical exam and presentation. You may also wish to ask your doctor as to his or her process on how you were diagnosed. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a viral infection and was only given pain medication. Does that sound right? I have a sore throat and white bumps in my throat. I went to the doctor and they completed a swab and said i did not have strep throat. They also took blood

I was diagnosed with a viral infection and was only given pain medication. Does that sound right? I have a sore throat and white bumps in my throat. I went to the doctor and they completed a swab and said i did not have strep throat. They also took blood

Antibiotics : Antibiotics do nothing for viral infections. Rest, fluids, and time are your best strategy (maybe chicken soup as well!). Obviously, if you are not improving, or have significant worsening, such as high fever or productive cough, then get back in to your primary care doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Was kissing this guy last night alot,I woke up wit kind of sore throat.There are red spots on roof of mouth. almost looks like viral infection?am I ok

Was kissing this guy last night alot,I woke up wit kind of sore throat.There are red spots on roof of mouth. almost looks like viral infection?am I ok

Sores from kissing: hello ! Mono has an incubation period of 4-6 weeks so you kiss and get sick 1 and a half months later. This is unlikely to be MONO unless you kissed someone 6 weeks ago. You'd be sicker too. These are probably common herpes oral lesions. Dont kiss or have oral sex and they are VERY infectious for the next 10 days. thanks ...Read more

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My son had conjunctivitis around 6weeks ago with viral infection,runny nose,sore throat.he had lymph node at side of his neck and still has,is this ok?

My son had conjunctivitis around 6weeks ago with viral infection,runny nose,sore throat.he had lymph node at side of his neck and still has,is this ok?

Common but: A persistent lymph node is worth checking. Sometimes docs prescribe an antibiotic trial. Certainly, your doc can also examine for other problems which could be causing it to persist. Get him seen this week. Most of the time the treatment or observation leads to improvement. If not, further testing is done. ...Read more

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After medication my fever, cod, throat pain is reduced but now i feel very tired. Is it just viral infection or something I should be concerned of?

After medication my fever, cod, throat pain is reduced but now i feel very tired. Is it just viral infection or something I should be concerned of?

Fatigue: It could be the after effects of a virus but if your nose is congested your fatigue could be caused by snoring, poor sleep or sleep apnea. See our website for more information. www.nwnasalsinus.com check with your doctor of it persists - there are lots of other possibilities and treatmentss. ...Read more

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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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Bacterial Infection, enlarged glans how worried should I be? No sore throat VERY SCARED (no insurance :/)

Bacterial Infection, enlarged glans how worried should I be? No sore throat VERY SCARED (no insurance :/)

Sore throat: How do you know that you have a bacterial throat infection? Did you have a throat culture to prove it? If it's a strep throat infection, a simple course of penicillin or Erythromycin is effective. If it's a viral infection no specific treatment is needed as antibiotics are ineffective. ...Read more

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At night I have a sore throat only and no cough. During the day I have a moist cough but no sore throat. Could this still be a bacterial infection?

At night I have a sore throat only and no cough. 
During the day I have a moist cough but no sore throat. Could this still be a bacterial infection?

None: none of what you are describing indicate a bacterial infection, actually it resemble more of allergy response. treat your symptoms with allergy medicine like zyrtec during the day and benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night.take OTC cough medicine like mucinex DM at least twice a day, with or without elixir like robitussin, or nyquill. stay well hydrated. ...Read more

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I have had sore throat for 2 weeks and fd sayits probably viral there are no visible signs of infection although its quite hard to swallow what should?

I have had sore throat for 2 weeks and fd sayits probably viral there are no visible signs of infection although its quite hard to swallow what should?

Allergies: I would consider this since it hasn't gone away or converted to a bacterial infection yet and there are no symptoms. If you have post nasal drip this might be the right path to pursue. ...Read more

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Signs of a sexual viral or bacterial infection in my throat? havent done oral in 2 months but sore throat for a few weeks now? almost a month?:(

Signs of a sexual viral or bacterial infection in my throat? havent done oral in 2 months but sore throat for a few weeks now? almost a month?:(

Maybe...: Most likely it is a usual virus that causes sore throats. I have to admit it makes me wonder why you think of an STD as a source first before the more likely usual cold virus. On the other hand, if you are highly sexually active you at a minimum need to be evaluated for the possibility of STD as a pharyngitis source. Perhaps ur dr will treat with antibiotics to "cover" for STD's as a source? ...Read more

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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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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

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


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