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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Viral Pharyngitis (Overview)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes it painful to swallow.


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What exactly is viral pharyngitis?

What exactly is viral pharyngitis?

Viral infection: Viral pharyngitis is an infection of the upper throat ( the pharynx ) caused by a virus. Viral pharyngitis is usually a limited infection and requires no specific treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
2,209 doctors shared insights

Viral Pharyngitis (Overview)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes it painful to swallow.


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How do I know if I have viral pharyngitis?

How do I know if I have viral pharyngitis?

Its most common: Most cases of pharyngitis are caused by various viruses such as rhinovirus. If you have exudate on your tonsils or pharynx, if you have fever, if you have tender swollen lymph nodes you should have a rapid strep test to rule out group a streptococcus infection. If not you probably have viral pharyngitis and it will resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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What is done for a one year old with viral pharyngitis?

What is done for a one year old with viral pharyngitis?

Comfort measures: Rx is focused on encouraging adequate fluid intake in liquids or slushy foods. Other comfort foods & meds like Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are also helpful.Popsicles, chewing gum, suckers etc all can help. ...Read more

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Viral pharyngitis and ulcers on tonsils reasons for tonsillectomy?

Viral pharyngitis and ulcers on tonsils reasons for tonsillectomy?

Depend how often: If you have only had one episode then that is no reason to have your tonsils out. Typically this is what i'm thinking about taking out tonsils for infection we use the following: seven infections in one year or four infections a year for two years or three infections a year for three years. Of course if you have airway blockage because your tonsils are so big or chronic discharge that can cause opinions about tonsillectomy to change. ...Read more

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I have viral pharyngitis and my throat is aching should I be worried?

I have viral pharyngitis and my throat is aching should I be worried?

Usually not: Most problems are viral in origin. Then self limited. In certain viruses are persistent like ebv & have sequela as well as mononucleosis but usually are associatd with other problems. It should last 3 to 5 days. If not seek medical care. ...Read more

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I am sick! do I have viral or bacterial pharyngitis if it went into bronchitis?

I am sick! do I have viral or bacterial pharyngitis if it went into bronchitis?

Could be either...: Acute bronchitis can be due to a bacterial or viral infection of the airways and either can start from a pharyngitis infection. See your doctor to determine which type of infection you most likely have! ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with viral pharyngitis, taking cefaclor, can I drink a hot toddy tea with liquor?

Been diagnosed with viral pharyngitis, taking cefaclor, can I drink a hot toddy tea with liquor?

Viral pharyngitis?: If it's truly viral pharyngitis, there's no need for the antibiotic (unless there was a bacterial superinfection as well). Liquor may numb the discomfort, but alcohol dries the throat, which the body tries to remedy by producing more mucus. Tea with lemon & honey might be a better choice. ...Read more

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I have HSV 1&2 . And now viral pharyngitis. Does that mean im diagnosed with HIV ?

I have HSV 1&2 . And now viral pharyngitis. Does that mean im diagnosed with HIV ?

No: Hsv (herpes simplex 1 and 2) is not a common pathogen for viral pharyngitis. Hiv (human immunodeficiency virus) is a completely separate virus and unless you have aids, then unlikely to be related at all to your viral pharyngitis. If you're at all worried about hiv, though, get a test to be sure, it's better than wondering, and responsible to do. Drink lots fluids, get lots of rest and get tested. ...Read more

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I have a hard cough after 7 days of battling viral pharyngitis. I wake with dry bloody snot when I blow my nose and pain in my chest from coughing all?

I have a hard cough after 7 days of battling viral pharyngitis. I wake with dry bloody snot when I blow my nose and pain in my chest from coughing all?

Get evaluated.: Assuming this was viral from the get-go, you should be better by now. Viral infections generally will last 3-5 days; you’re still so sick after 7 days, so there’s a better chance that something else is going on that may benefit from treatment. You need to be evaluated at this point. ...Read more

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Head pressure on forehead and side of head and i had viral pharyngitis 7 weeks ago i'm not feeling the same anymore?

Head pressure on forehead and side of head and i had viral pharyngitis 7 weeks ago i'm not feeling the same anymore?

Sinus disease: The pressure feeling in your head could be due to full frontal sinus either from virus or bacterial infection.May need to have MRI of head and sinuses. ...Read more

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If a patient is discovered to have either bacterial or viral pharyngitis is there a need for them to follow up with the doctor after taking meds?

If a patient is discovered to have either bacterial or viral pharyngitis is there a need for them to follow up with the doctor after taking meds?

Yes, especially.....: There are a number of bacteria that have developed a resistance to various antibiotics. It is essential for you to know that your conditions have been treated and that the cause of disease is under control. Sometimes you just kill the easy to eradicate bacteria and when the problem reappears it has more of the resiistant bacteria and antibiotics may not work well. ...Read more

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What can result from viral pharyngitis where the back of your throat turns white?

What can result from viral pharyngitis where the back of your throat turns white?

Viral gets better: If you mean you have white spots on your pharynx than it may not be a viral pharyngitis and needs to be checked with throat culture or quich arep test to rule out strep infection viral pharyngitis gets better and do not have white exudates or spots ...Read more

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I have very slight swelling of one tonsil with sharp pain when I swallow. No other symptoms. I suspect it is viral pharyngitis, how long will it last?

I have very slight swelling of one tonsil with sharp pain when I swallow. No other symptoms. I suspect it is viral pharyngitis, how long will it last?

Totally depends...: ...on your own immune reaction, the specific virus & whether you get a secondary bacterial infection. If it's truly a virus, expect anywhere from a 3-10 day ride, of varying severity. An acute EBV pharyngitis can last a few days, but a chronic infection in your liver & lymphocytes can brew for weeks to months. There are a gazillion viruses that can cause a sore throat, often never identified. ...Read more

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I am having mild pain in my right hand and arm after diagnoses of viral pharyngitis, all symptoms of viral pharyngitis have completely went away, is the mild pain in my arm and hands serious?

I am having mild pain in my right hand and arm after diagnoses of viral pharyngitis, all symptoms of viral pharyngitis have completely went away, is the mild pain in my arm and hands serious?

PainArmWithViralInfe: If these symptoms are related to viral pharyngitis,then these symptoms of mild pain in right hand and arm will go away within few days.If these pains persists then you need to follow up with your doctor to find the cause ...Read more

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