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Virus Or Infection Sore Throat
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
More commonly viral: Viral infections are much more common and likely causing your symptom complex, but it is difficult to tell for sure. If your throat is red, with pus, and swollen, you should have it checked for possible strepthroat. Otherwise, viral is likely and symptoms will get better in a few days. Motrin/tylenol, and sorethroat spray to help your symptoms. Consult doc if you get worse. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Worse?: Either are not fun, and Strep is treated with antibiotics. Strep has risk of, albeit small, of affecting the kidneys and therefore it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Possible: Dry mouth is not a common symptom in either mono or strep throat, although, both can probably have people complain of that. Sore throat is common for both mono and strep but can also be seen in a lot of other viral illnesses as well non-infectious diseases such as allergy associated with postnasal drip, esophageal reflux, nervous spasm (globus). More detailed history is paramount in this case. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
May occur together: Infection in the soft tissues of the throat & upper airway can lead to an ear infection by causing inflammatory swelling. Swelling of the eustachian tube blocks it & mucous backs up that can become infected by random throat germs. If anything the throat thing leads to the ear infection, not the other war around. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Canker sore like sores that are spreading
swollen neck glands
painful to eat, talk, swallow
canker sore or cold sore virus? Help!
Cold sore virus: It could be herpangina or gingivostomatitis. Herpangina is often caused by the hand-foot-mouth virus (coxsackie virus) & can cause a lot of pain from sores at the back of the throat usually have a high-fever with this. Gingivostomatitis is most often caused by herpes type 1 virus, and these sores are more often around the lips and oral mucosa closer to your mouth. Strep is a possibility as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sore throat with too much redness and one swollen lymph node, without fever, sneeze or cough, maybe it's viral or bacterial? Could be Adenovirus?
Yes: It can take some viruses a few days for the symptoms to become fully evident ...Read more
Many illnesses can: Whenever you are sick, your body mounts a response to fight off that infection. Some of the chemicals released by your own body and those released by bacteria under attack can cause muscle aches and pains. If you think you may have strep throat, pleas see your doctor as it can cause complications if left untreated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Aphtous ulcers, commonly called canker sores, are caused by the immune system attacking part of your oral mucosa. It is not known yet exactly what triggers this localized attack. Strep throat also taxes your immune system, it should be treated promply and correctly to avoid serious complications like rheumatic heart disease. ...Read more
Many causes: Many sore throats are caused by a viral illness, such as: the common cold, the most common type of viral infection. Infection of the voice box (laryngitis). Mononucleosis (mono, "the kissing disease"), a viral infection that tends to cause a persistent sore throat. Other viral infections, such as mumps, herpangina, or influenza. Can also cause sore throat. ...Read more
No: This is a separate location with separate vulnerabilities. The germ is rarely found in samples taken from ear pus. The conditions that accompany a strep throat, like swelling of the structures can indirectly set up conditions ripe for a middle ear infection to occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tender neck are swollen. But no sore throat. Strep infection without sore throat? Is that possible?
Anything possible: But not likely. Sometimes strep can be present in your throat without producing disease, but if your neck swelling is due to infection, something else is likely to be going on. Would have to examine you to see what is there, and lengthy history is needed as well. See your local physician. ...Read more
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