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What Does A Viral Throat Infection Look Like
Remedies: Viruses tend to run their course. Rest, hydrate well with water & stay far, far away from cigarette smoke. You can keep mucosa moist with a humidifier. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Slippery elm bark lozenges are another option. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. ...Read more
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
Pharyngitis: A viral or bacterial sore throat are often indistinguishable. Redness, pain on swallowing, 'plaques' or white patched on the tonsils or back of the throat, fever, fatigue. To test thedifference we do throat cultures or screens because rheumatic fever may be the result of an undiagnosed throat bacterial infection and dosing the patient with peniciillin prevents these. ...Read more
Why does my throat hurt more when I lay down/sleep? Wake up in pain and coughing. I have been doctoes and said it was a viral throat infection.
Reflux may be cause: Some throat pain, hoarseness, and spasmodic coughs are caused by ge reflux. This occurs when the highly acidic contents of the stomach slosh up into the less-protected esophagus - and higher. Because this is more likely to occur when you lie down, it's worth considering. Try not to eat late in the evening. Avoid alcohol, chocolate, heavy or fatty meals; see if it makes a difference. Talk to doctor. ...Read more
How long after a viral throat infection will your throat start to look normal again and not red and white. The soreness is gone.
Finish and more rest: You were prescribed antibiotics for a throat infection. You feel it is viral because you are not better. Please take days of rest, call your doctor to let them know you are not better. If you are still having fevers the bacteria may be resistant to the antibiotic. Rest and recooperate in order to get better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 4 y old keeps getting throat infection it's been 3 weeks she's had 2 courses of anti and keeps getting a fever very concerned dr said it's viral?
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Pharyngitis (throat infections) in children are usually viral and run their course without antibiotics in a few days.
I'm assuming your child was checked for strep throat as that is a common bacteria that will respond to antibiotics
One question is why your child received antibiotics if Dr felt it was viral. If fever is persisting and child is ill it might be time for a blood count and culture ...Read more
Hard to distinguish: Clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially ...Read more
If my husband has a viral throat infection can I get it by him talking/breathing out close by me?
Yes: These viral particles are spread by close contact. ...Read more
Had a viral throat infection 2 weeks ago, now soreness in my chest and neck. EKG normal. Can they test for a specific virus, can a mild virus last long?
R/O PERICARDITIS: You may have inflammation of the heart=PERICARDITIS vs inflammation of the lungs =PLEURITIS. Myocarditis is much more serious and can be suggested by an abnormal echo. Often they are post viral. They tend to resolve with rest/hydration /NSAID (indocin) if it persists as course of prednisone may be needed. You need a prompt evaluation EKG/CXR AND LABS. See your doctor for eval. Coxackie a &b titers ...Read more
Need more history: Any form of inflammation at the back of the throat can produce the sensation you are describing. Generally this should resolve uneventfully in several days, but if it persists, gets worse, or is accompanied by other symptoms would suggest you see your doctor. You might try gargling with a saline solution which will help to reduce swelling. ...Read more
Then: You need proper diagnosis and treatment. Viral pharyngitis needs to run it's course unless it is herpetic which should be treated with an antiviral. Streptococcal bacterial pharyngitis requires antibiotics for the most rapid resolution ...Read more
Antiinflammatories: Most sore throats are viral - meaning antibiotics do nothing for them. Personally, I like to start some Ibuprofen and salt water gargles whenever I get a sore throat. If I'm having a high fever (>101), I have enlarged lymph nodes, I have pus on my tonsils and I don't have any cough or runny nose, then I suspect strep... And I make a visit to see my doctor! ...Read more
See doctor: After a month its time to see a doctor to find out what your problem is. ...Read more
Pharyngitis: Need more info. What is causing the infection, how long have you had it, are you coughing, what form of contact do you have with people to whom you are concerned about infecting, and so on. Rephrase question and ask again. Best. ...Read more
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