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Doctor insights on: Viral Infection In The Throat

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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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Please tell me if there are any medicines for chronic viral infection of the throat?

Please tell me if there are any medicines for chronic viral infection of the throat?

Chronic?: There are really no chronic viral infections of the throat, although some like Epstein-Barr virus can be excreted in the saliva on and off without symptoms ...Read more

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Every time i swallow water or any other liguid my throat feels stingy. i recently had a viral infection in my throat. could it be coming back?

Every time i swallow water or any other liguid my throat feels stingy. i recently had a viral infection in my throat. could it be coming back?

It is minor: You should not worry about such feelings around your throat as they will come and go. If you ignore it you will not feel them. I believe that you are well. you can take a Vitamin-C pill (500mg) if you have any concerns of viral throat infection. ...Read more

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Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red,weepy rash: Because of your scratching and breakink of the skin you probably have developed a form of impetigo caused by either strep or staph.You need to be under your doctors care. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i mistook a viral infection of the throat for throat cancer?

Is it possible that i mistook a viral infection of the throat for throat cancer?

You bet.: Both can start with quite severe throat pain, but most viral infections abate in 1 - 2 weeks, as most cancers get worse. Either can produce neck nodes ("glands in neck") . And guess what. A viral infection with hpv can be the cause of some throat cancers, usually in smokers that drink for the rest. How do you find out? Direct laryngoscopy b. ...Read more

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Got viral infection headache fever throat pain but 1 tonsil is larger thanwith white patches strep neg but was told by some1 1 tonsil larger is cancer?

Got viral infection headache fever throat pain but 1 tonsil is larger thanwith white patches strep neg but was told by some1 1 tonsil larger is cancer?

Unlikely to be Cance: Cancer of the tonsil is not a consideration in your case because of your young age. But watch this area for 4-6 weeks and see if it grows in size(cancers grow over time). if it does not increase in size, you can ignore it as it is then likely to be benign. ...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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Is it normal with a viral infection in throat to get red and white little bumps in the front of the tongue ? And red veiny line in back of throat .

Yes: The tongue is filled with tiny pockets of immunity producing tissue. Bumps indicate the little factories are at work producing virus killing antibodies. The body will try to increase blood flow to the area to help deliver more of them to infected area. Gargle and spit out warm salt water to ease the swelling. Viral infections should pass within a week. Antibiotics won't help. ...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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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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Is it possible for a viral infection which I have in my throat to linger for 6 weeks. I don't have any infection, my doctor checked everything.

Viral infection?: Typical viral infections last only three to five days, so I would doubt that a six week infection would be due to a virus. I think this needs to be looked into more. ...Read more

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I've had what seems to be a viral infection (sore throat, cough, sneezing, etc) for about 5 days. This morning I woke up with very swollen lips. ?

I've had what seems to be a viral infection (sore throat, cough, sneezing, etc) for about 5 days. This morning I woke up with very swollen lips. ?

Be checked: This may be part of ann allergic or sensitivity reaction and should be examined. It may or may not be related to your recent illness. It may be related to treatment. All the best and feel better soon. ...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