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How can you tell the diffrence between strep and a virus?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Throat swab

Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell.
On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection.

In brief: Throat swab

Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell.
On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection.
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