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What if symptoms of pharyngitis is present but the throat culture is negative?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Likely a virus

Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics.
Use of throat lossenges & sprays help.An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases.

In brief: Likely a virus

Up to 2/3 of throat infections are due to viral illnesses & will eventually heal without antibiotics.
Use of throat lossenges & sprays help.An effort to should be made to maintain proper fluid intake in spite of discomfort as it will shorten the illness in most cases.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
sudden illness, large submandibular lymp nodes, exudate (white spot) on throat (tonsilar pilars), fever >100.5, age under 15 years old are highly suggestive of strep. If rapid strep is negative, and suspicion is high based on above criteria, then we tend to treat and do cultures (take a few days for results)
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