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Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Is strep throat bacterial or viral?

Bacterial: Due to a streptococcus, usually strep group a. Most sore thrats are due to viruses, which should not be treated with antibiotics. A rapid strep test and/or culture can help diagnose strep throat, to determine whether antibiotics are indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Infection (Definition)

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


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Can genital warts cause strep or just a sore throat?

Can genital warts cause strep or just a sore throat?

Confusing question: Your question needs clarification. But, genital warts are caused by hpv human papilloma virus. Strep throat is caused by group a beta hemolytic streptococcus bacteria. So, genital warts can cause oral papilloma viral lesions through oral sex. ...Read more

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I have sore throat, headache, bodyache, mild fever. Is it a bacterial or viral infection?

I have sore throat, headache, bodyache, mild fever. Is it a bacterial or viral infection?

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 more

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Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

Which is worse strep throat or tonsillitis caused by virus?

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

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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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Does a viral sore throat hurt as much as a strep throat infection?

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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Dry mouth. Sore throat. What can it be? Mono. Strep throat?

Dry mouth. Sore throat. What can it be? Mono. Strep throat?

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 more

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Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

Can a severe ear infection cause sore throat?

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 more

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Canker sore like sores that are spreading fever swollen neck glands painful to eat, talk, swallow canker sore or cold sore virus? Help!

Canker sore like sores that are spreading
fever
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 more

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Should you go to work with a strep throat, sore throat, or viral infection?

Should you go to work with a strep throat, sore throat, or viral infection?

Strep throat: If you have strep throat, you can go back to work 24 hours after you have started antibiotics. Having a viral sore throat does not prevent you from going to work provided you do not have high fever. ...Read more

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Sore throat, possible ear infection, and sore muscles. Does strep cause achy muscles?

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 more

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Does strep throat cause canker sores?

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

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What virus causes throat infection?

What virus causes throat infection?

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

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Could strep throat normally cause ear infections?

Could strep throat normally cause ear infections?

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 more

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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

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


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