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I have a sore throat. What could be causing it?
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Dr. Kathleen Cullen
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Virus or bacteria.
Sore throats (pharyngitis) can be caused by multiple etiologies.
Viral infections will cause redness and some pus in the back of the throat accompanied by body aches and a low grade fever. No antibiotics are indicated , just rest and fluids. However if there is a high grade fever , throat swelling, and pus , it may be bacterial in which case antibiotics may be prescribed.

In brief: Virus or bacteria.
Sore throats (pharyngitis) can be caused by multiple etiologies.
Viral infections will cause redness and some pus in the back of the throat accompanied by body aches and a low grade fever. No antibiotics are indicated , just rest and fluids. However if there is a high grade fever , throat swelling, and pus , it may be bacterial in which case antibiotics may be prescribed.
Dr. Kathleen Cullen
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Dr. William Lewis
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Many causes...
May be a bacterial or a viral infection, post nasal drainage from allergy or a sinus infection, and other local causes.
Best to have your otolaryngologist examine the area for exact diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Many causes...
May be a bacterial or a viral infection, post nasal drainage from allergy or a sinus infection, and other local causes.
Best to have your otolaryngologist examine the area for exact diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. William Lewis
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