How do u tell the difference between a viral or bacterial throat infection?

Culture. The symptoms of viral or bacterial infection of the throat or tonsils may be similar. The appearance of these structures on physical examination may also be similar. Therefore, a culture of the throat will determine if you have pathological bacterial species. This is how any physician can only determine the etiology of a sore throat.

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How to differentiate between a viral throat infection and a bacterial one?

Hard to distinguish. clinically, except to note that most are viral - especially . Read more...

I had a bacterial throat infection with no sign of abnormalities in wbc, what's this mean?

Not unusual. Lots of people get sore throat without abnormalities in WBC. Unless you have culture confirmation of it being bacterial, if was likely viral. Read more...

I have bacterial throat infection, what to do?

Usually. treated with an antibiotic, although this is becoming less common because most throat infections are viral - unless you have been tested and are positive for STREP pharyngitis. Read more...

How can I cure a viral throat infection that makes me cough?

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...

Given ABs for throat infection. Seems viral, not improving. Do I finish ABs or stop taking them?

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 more...
Call your Dr. You should call the treating physician to let them know your symptoms are not improving. 90% of pharyngitis (sore throat) stems from viral origin.However, strep throat (diagnosed with a rapid strep test) is very important to diagnose when present and has serious sequelae if not appropriately treated with antibiotics. Call your treating Dr. and communicate. Good luck. Read more...