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Doctor insights on: Viral Sore Throat Duration

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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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How long should sore throat last if it's viral?

How long should sore throat last if it's viral?

5-7 days: 5-7 days. If it lasts longer, see ENT doc; it may be bacterial and require antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long is viral sore throat contagious to others?

How long is viral sore throat contagious to others?

1 to 2 weeks: A viral pharyngitis lasts an average of one to two weeks, I believe the virus may be viable during that time and therefore, you should not cough or get close to children or adults who are healthy. A pediatrician or an infectious disease specialist are the 2 specialties in medicine that would be most knowledgeable to answer this type of question. ...Read more

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How long do you think is a viral sore throat contagious?

How long do you think is a viral sore throat contagious?

Cheer up: You were probably most contagious just before you got sick, so the virus could spread before you went to bed. If you have a fever, wait until it's normal for 24 hours. Otherwise, when you feel better your body has won, made antibodies, and you shouldn't be able to pass it on. There is no firm rule since lots of viruses cause sore throats. ...Read more

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How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

How long does a cough, sore throat, chills, and fever that is viral last?

Virus illness: Greetings. The cough, throat pain, fever and chills typically last ~5days. If your symptoms last longer, see your doctor for an evaluation. Antibiotics may be needed. ...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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How long can a viral sore throat and cough last? Received steroid shot and have had for about 5 days. When to go back to doctor?

How long can a viral sore throat and cough last? Received steroid shot and have had for about 5 days. When to go back to doctor?

Depends: Now if you have mono sometimes this can last several weeks. Granted you have already been tested for strep you will not need antibiotics. I would see your doctor after the steroids for a recheck if still uncomfortable. Good luck ...Read more

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My son 1yr who had sore throat since 4days was on azithromycin *3days. Now he is febril, 101.6 is it normal? No other symptoms, how long viral inf last?

My son 1yr who had sore throat since 4days was on azithromycin *3days. Now he is febril, 101.6 is it normal? No other symptoms, how long viral inf last?

Fever on Abx: Hello, a sore throat may be a tonsillitis that is resistant to the azithromycin. Since this antibiotic has been so widely used, bacteria have become resistant to this medication. I would recommend you follow up with your doctor. An abscess could also be forming if your child's symptoms are worsening on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What the best cure for sore throat if its viral?

What the best cure for sore throat if its viral?

Sore Throat: Hello, over the counter meds such as Acetaminophen with a decongestant will help you feel better. Rest and liquids will help too. ...Read more

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What does a viral type a flu sore throat look like?

What does a viral type a flu sore throat look like?

Same as type B: Most flu wile havw a beafy red throat but not always & some may have primary nasal symptoms at onset rather than throat. No one I know can confidently tell the strain of virus/flu that produces throat pain by appearance. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial sore throat?

How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial sore throat?

STREP test/culture: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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Sore throat and raw throat with no other symptoms. Is it viral or bacterial?

Sore throat and raw throat with no other symptoms. Is it viral or bacterial?

Can't tell: There's no way to tell over the internet. In fact, there's really no way to tell at all without doing either a rapid strep test or a throat culture. The signs and symptoms of strept throat and viral pharyngitis are indistinguishable. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a sore throat is viral and very hard to get rid of. Any home remedies?

What to do if I have a sore throat is viral and very hard to get rid of. Any home remedies?

2 options: Make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain.
Consider adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Slippery elm bark lozenges are helpful. ...Read more

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I've had a severe sore throat for about 4 days. It's so painful that I can barely swallow. Should I go to the dr, or is it likely just viral?

I've had a severe sore throat for about 4 days. It's so painful that I can barely swallow. Should I go to the dr, or is it likely just viral?

Physician: This may be either viral or bacterial. Copious warm saline gargles will most likely help as will a topical anesthetic for symptomatic pain relief. Persistent or progressive symptoms warrant an evaluation, possibly a culture and possibly antibiotics. ...Read more

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Took care of sick kids last week w viral sore throat. I got little sore throat no fever. Now hubby is sick with same symptoms as kids. Am I at risk?

Took care of sick kids last week w viral sore throat. I got little sore throat no fever. Now hubby is sick with same symptoms as kids. Am I at risk?

Virus exposure: Greetings. It sounds like you may have been the carrier of the virus from the sick kids into your home to your family. This is the common spread of a viral infection. It looks like you had a mild case and your husband developed more symptoms. Are you more at risk, that's hard to say with this limited information. Things that may play a role would be your overall health, medications, sleep. ...... ...Read more

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Have a sore throat, mild to medium irritation, lots of mucus, woke up with a tiny bit of blood in mucus, no coughing or other symptoms. Normal viral?

Have a sore throat, mild to medium irritation, lots of mucus, woke up with a tiny bit of blood in mucus, no coughing or other symptoms. Normal viral?

Common: A small amount of blood in the mucus from a sore throat is very common and by itself not a cause for alarm. See your doctor if it does not completely resolve in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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Had 2 viral illness back to back. Started to feel a bit better and am worse now for a 3rd time. Over a monthFever sore throat cough. What is going on.

Had 2 viral illness back to back. Started to feel a bit better and am worse now for a 3rd time. Over a monthFever sore throat cough. What is going on.

See doc.: It is possible to have viral infections back to back especially at your young age. Since your symptoms have persisted for a good while might be reasonable to have them investigated by a professional. It would be very unlikely that you have a problem with immunity as many patients fear. ...Read more

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Kids had viral sore throat, fever free since the weekend. Hub start to not feel well w fever, tired, sore throat on Tues. Same thing this much later?

Kids had viral sore throat, fever free since the weekend. Hub start to not feel well w fever, tired, sore throat on Tues. Same thing this much later?

Your kids shared: Hello! Viral infections can have up to a week incubation period before symptoms are evident. It is very likely that you and your husband have the same illness as your children due to close contact in the home. Also, it is even more likely if you and your husband share water bottles, cups, etc with them. I suggest trying OTC pain/fever reducers and I hope all of you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Is sore throat with splitting headache behind ears viral?

Is sore throat with splitting headache behind ears viral?

Possibly: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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Last night the right soft palate started to hurt when I swallowed. Just that part is red, and I just got over a sore throat, (Viral). Is it serious?

Last night the right soft palate started to hurt when I swallowed. Just that part is red, and I just got over a sore throat, (Viral). Is it serious?

No, not serious: The most likely explanation is part of a persisting viral sore throat. You can gargle with warm salt water. ... it should be better in a couple of days. Good wishes:) ...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 have had sore throat once a month since xmas when I stopped smoking I have been losing my voice too. Dr say viral, any other ideas?

I have had sore throat once a month since xmas when I stopped smoking I have been losing my voice too. Dr say viral, any other ideas?

Several: Postnasal discharge, acid reflux, and viral. If this keeps up and you are not getting the answers you desire, a second opinion from an ENT doctor might be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Sore throat coughing nasal drip normal temp, no allegerys, for 6 days viral or bacteral? 61 years slighty high BP no serious health probs

Sore throat coughing nasal drip normal temp, no allegerys, for 6 days viral or bacteral? 61 years slighty high BP no serious health probs

Sounds allergy or vi: If you don't have a fever greater than 100.4, no green or yellow productive cough then likely viral, or could be allergy-mediated. Allergies can be tricky - people may think they don't have any allergies but actually might. ...Read more

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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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