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Viral Sore Throat Duration
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
How to tell if sore throat bacterial or viral? Shine flashlight in throat to find white spots? Viral if none?
Can be suspicious: Bacterial swab or culture to be more secure ...Read more
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?
What is the difference between a bacterial strep throat, and a viral sore throat like people have with mono?
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?
Sore throat coughing nasal drip normal temp, no allegerys, for 6 days viral or bacteral? 61 years slighty high BP no serious health probs
Viral sore throat vs strept. I have redness and tiny red dots near thorat along with a red veiny uvula? No white puss minor pain feels likcongestion
Sore throat with a little white in way back of throat very low to no fever. Does this sound like strep or can u have white patches on viral sore throa?
See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more