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Viral Vs 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
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
What is the difference between a bacterial strep throat, and a viral sore throat like people have with mono?
What can cause bad sore throat, low grade fever, chills, no appetite, extremely tired. Is it viral or bacterial?
I have a sore throat, green yellow mucous coming out my nose and body feels weak. Is this most likely bacterial or viral?
I have sore throat with congestion and have been blowing out green mucus. Head also hurts an ears pain little bit. Is this viral or bacterial? Pls hlp
My 2yr old has had a runny nose x3days... The drainage is clear. Doctor says viral. Now he has fever/sore throat/vomiting/lethargy. Is it bacterial?
Sore throat coughing nasal drip normal temp, no allegerys, for 6 days viral or bacteral? 61 years slighty high BP no serious health probs
Hi about a year ago i had three sore throats in six weeks a mix of bacterial and viral, ever since I have had small red dots on the back of my tongue?
Red dots: Many many many reasons for "red dots." Most of them either normal or benign. Diagnosis requires examination and, if suspicious, biopsy. Su your General Dentist, Primary Care Physician, an Oral Medicine or Oral Pathology Specialist, an ENT specialist, or a specialist Oral Surgeon to begin the diagnostic process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
7 days of severe body aches and a slight sore throat. viral most likely? Worsens as day goes on. Thank you
Most likely however,: there are exceptions. This is what makes medicine challenging. If I were to go with the odds, most often your symptoms are due to a virus. However it also depends on if you have fever, or other symptoms, and your level of "illness". Some patients with "severe body aches" walk into my clinic and look fairly well, others may be in a wheelchair. If it continues, or worsens see your Dr to be safe! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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
Need culture: Do not presume you have a rare bacterial infection. At 43 years of age, no matter where you are, the most common cause of a sore throat is viral. The most scientific method of identifying the cause of a sore throat is to have a throat culture at a good laboratory and find out the cause and the sensitivity of the bacteria (if pos. Culture) and treat accordingly. ...Read more
Streptococcus pyogen: According to myo clinic , strep throat, which is caused by a bacterium known as streptococcus pyogenes, or group a streptococcus whooping cough, a highly contagious respiratory tract infection diphtheria, a serious respiratory illness that's rare in industrialized nations but is more common in developing countries. ...Read more
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