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What are the common germs which cause sore throat pharyngitis?

What are the common germs which cause sore throat pharyngitis?

Germs: The most common is viruses: therefore, antibiotics dont help. Bacterial causes include various types of strep., moraxella, hemophius, bacteroides, staph. Yeast is also a common cause in patients who have been on recent antibiotics, are debilitated (i.e., nursing home) and people who use steroid oral inhalers for copd, asthma. ...Read more

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Pharyngitis (Definition)

It is the inflammation of the pharynx, a structure that extends from the base of your skull to larynx and inlet to esophagus, behind your nose includes your tonsils and tongue base. Causes of inflammation is most often viral or bacterial. It is often ...Read more


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What is the difference between sore throat and pharyngitis...In diagnosis, in treatment and in causes ?

What is the difference between sore throat and pharyngitis...In diagnosis, in treatment and in causes ?

No difference: A sore throat is common lay persons jargon for a possible pain and inflamation in the throat whereas Pharyngitis is the professional medical term for inflammation and infection of the throat (pharynx). Thus technically there is minimal difference and whist a sore throat is the presenting complaint of a patient, pharyngitis is the diagnosis by the physician ...Read more

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I have a strawberry look like tongue with sore throat(pharyngitis) but i only had low fever during night, what is this disease?What cause it?

I have a strawberry look like tongue with sore throat(pharyngitis) but i only had low fever during night, what is this disease?What cause it?

See a physician: You are probably suffering from pharyngitis. You should consult a physician to get tested for strep throat .Sometimes it can be from infectious mono also called the kissing disease. Your physician can prescribe you antibiotics if it is diagnosed as strep or bacterial pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Is pharyngitis the doctor term of sore throat ? Or is pharyngitis something different ?

Is pharyngitis the doctor term of sore throat ? Or is pharyngitis something different ?

Pharyngitis means: Inflammation of the pharynx, just like appendicitis means inflammation of the appendix or cholecystitis is inflammation of the gallbladder. "sore throat" is pretty general, and even as lay terminology could imply a viral pharyngitis or a strep bacterial pharyngitis. You could even have a mechanical pharyngitis from screaming at a sports event, for example. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have had pharyngitis for almost 2 weeks. The sore throat went away but each side hurts to swallow, then goes away and comes back. Help?

I have had pharyngitis for almost 2 weeks. The sore throat went away but each side hurts to swallow, then goes away and comes back. Help?

Pharyngitis: A sore, red throat with pus on the tonsils, swollen neck lymph nodes, and fever may be strep pharyngitis, a bacterial infection that must be treated with antibiotics to avoid complications. In the absence of these symptoms, it's a virus which will run its course. Fatigue, liver and spleen swelling are signs of mononucleosis. Allergies can also cause throat pain. Get an evaluation if unsure. ...Read more

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What can I do if my period has lasted more than 6 days, could it be because of my pharyngitis(sore throat)?

What can I do if my period has lasted more than 6 days, could it be because of my pharyngitis(sore throat)?

No: Really no reason why a sore throat would cause a period of six days(which for a lot of people is the normal lenght). ...Read more

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Hi I have pharyngitis and apparently my gp has written on the screen that there's no cure for a sore throat any ideas ? Of what to do

Hi I have pharyngitis and apparently my gp has written on the screen that there's no cure for a sore throat any ideas ? Of what to do

Remedies: 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced ginger. Steep 5 min. In a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs honey & sip. Try thyme tea. ...Read more

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Hi! could my nightgaurd be causing my sore throat? My ENT said I have pharyngitis we couldn't tell why. Pharyngitis started painless, now it is.

Hi! could my nightgaurd be causing my sore throat? My ENT said I have pharyngitis we couldn't tell why. Pharyngitis started painless, now it is.

Possibly: Your night guard may be a carrier causing you to develop low-grade infection of the pharynx, either bacterial or fungal. I suggest sterilizing the night guard by whatever method will not harm the guard. ...Read more

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Doctor said I had pharyngitis but after four days of antibotics still have a sore throat and fever?

Doctor said I had pharyngitis but after four days of antibotics still have a sore throat and fever?

Viral: It is possible you have a viral illness and abx may not help. In some cases there can be a resistant organism. How high is the fever ? Take rest plenty of fluids and fever medications. If fever is high and symptoms get worse contact your MD. ...Read more

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Can i have infectious mononucleosis if my only symptom is sore throat(pharyngitis), i have white spots in my throat however they are not pus.

Can i have infectious mononucleosis if my only symptom is sore throat(pharyngitis), i have white spots in my throat however they are not pus.

Probably not mono: Infectious mono is caused by Epstein Barr virus. Most EBV infections cause no symptoms at all; those that result in mononucleosis are the minority. Probably some mono cases have only partial symptoms, like sore throat. However, the vast majority of sore throats like yours, with or without "white spots", are not due to mono but to garden variety cold viruses. So probably not mono. ...Read more

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Pain in right side of throat when swallowing - I have GERD due to hiatal hernia leading to chronic pharyngitis (although have never felt sore throat)?

Pain in right side of throat when swallowing - I have GERD due to hiatal hernia leading to chronic pharyngitis (although have never felt sore throat)?

Partial Rx GERD: I suspect the discomfort is related to your partially treated GERD. You are already taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and using Nasonex. Other non-drug treatments include not smoking, avoiding trigger foods, avoiding large meals, not lying down for 2 hours after eating, elevating head of bed, losing weight, avoiding tight belts, and chewing gum. If you have tried all these, review with doc alternate drug treatment ...Read more

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I'm 19, had pharyngitis. The sore throat went away. Now my right tonsil and ear hurts. That won't go away. Early sign of cancer? Help please.

I'm 19, had pharyngitis. The sore throat went away. Now my right tonsil and ear hurts. That won't go away. Early sign of cancer? Help please.

Get an exam: You need to have your throat examined by your family doctor or you can go to an ENT specialist. Pain is usually not a symptom of Cancer, unless the Cancer is far advanced. How long have you had this problem??? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pharyngitis but I have no sore throat just swollen left tonsill and dry mouth low grade fever was i miss dignosaed?

I was diagnosed with pharyngitis but I have no sore throat just swollen left tonsill and dry mouth low grade fever was i miss dignosaed?

Sounds off: It's not clear without seeing you but, most cases of pharyngitis come with fever and sore throat. I'm worried why you have 1 swollen tonsil, though. Make sure you follow-up on this with your pcp/ent and get some answers. Let's not call it a misdiagnosis just yet, though. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 9 days. Dry cough and stuffy nose. Swollen lymph nodes. Sore throat really bad at night. Diagnosed pharyngitis. I need it to go away!

Sore throat for 9 days. Dry cough and stuffy nose. Swollen lymph nodes. Sore throat really bad at night. Diagnosed pharyngitis. I need it to go away!

Viral infection: Good morning, sore mouth, itchy throat, and dry cough suggest a viral infection involving the lining mucus membrane of respiratory system - upper and lower airway. Swelling of lymph glands of the area is associated with the process of our immune system trying to fight the virus. Symptom relief can be achieved by gargling with warm salt water, and ibuprofen. See doctor for antibiotics if needed. ...Read more

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Diagnosed acute pharyngitis, 12 days since, fever gone, sore throat gone. Still red spots roof of mouth, white tongue remain. Should I be concerned?

Diagnosed acute pharyngitis, 12 days since, fever gone, sore throat gone. Still red spots roof of mouth, white tongue remain. Should I be concerned?

No: Acute pharyngitis is usually a viral infection. I wonder if your PMD put you on an antibiotic. If so, the white tongue could be a fungal infection. Red spots on the palate still could be the viral infection that persists. Do not be concerned, but if the spots persist see either your doctor or a specialist in oral medicine. ...Read more

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Dx viral pharyngitis prescription Mucinex (guaifenesin) & flonase. draining today earache sore throat and 101.2 temp. Still have fever body aches. Advice? Baby has cold too

Dx viral pharyngitis prescription Mucinex (guaifenesin) & flonase. draining today earache sore throat and 101.2 temp. Still have fever body aches.  Advice? Baby has cold too

Urgent care: With a fever and "draining" (I'm assuming your ear?), I would recommend you see your doc or go to an urgent care clinic for a proper physical examination, including an examination of the ear, surrounding structures, and your nose and throat. It is possible you may require antibiotics. Your baby may need to be seen too. ...Read more

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I am experiencing sore throat headache throbbing sensation fever pain when swallowing. Doc said its Pharyngitis gave me Azithromycin but its worst now?

I am experiencing sore throat headache throbbing sensation fever pain when swallowing. Doc said its Pharyngitis gave me Azithromycin but its worst now?

Probably viral: Pharyngitis usually is a viral infection, and viruses do not respond to antibiotics. Your doctor probably prescribed azithromycin in case it's strep, but if not, it's not surprising your symptoms are continuing and even getting worse. Check back with your doctor, but probably you'll just have to wait it out. Aspirin or ibuprofen (or related meds) may help control pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can the smoke of smoking cause sore throat or throat infection? Why?

Can the smoke of smoking cause sore throat or throat infection?  Why?

Yes: Smoking, by it's nature, can irritate throat linings by both heat and ash content. Once irritated, a secondary infection can ensue. ...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


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

A sore throat is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. A sore throat often makes ...Read more