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Hello. I have a lot of white stuff on the back of my throat. Doctor told me not strep and may be viral. Doesn't white mean bacterial infection?

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In brief: Not necessarily

Your doctor came to your diagnosis after considering your entire clinical picture, not just presence (or absence) of white stuff.

In brief: Not necessarily

Your doctor came to your diagnosis after considering your entire clinical picture, not just presence (or absence) of white stuff.
Dr. Robert Uyeda
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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: No

You can't tell the difference between a strep throat and a viral sore throat by looking.
You have to do the test.

In brief: No

You can't tell the difference between a strep throat and a viral sore throat by looking.
You have to do the test.
Dr. Joel Gallant
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