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How can I know if I have a viral or bacterial sore throat?

STREP test/culture. For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. Read more...

Sore throat and raw throat with no other symptoms. Is it viral or bacterial?

Viral fever . Still you may have some viral infection of throat or even like flu like symptoms though you may not have a fever. Check with your doctor it could be either. Read more...
Can't tell. There's no way to tell over the internet. In fact, there's really no way to tell at all without doing either a rapid strep test or a throat culture. The signs and symptoms of strept throat and viral pharyngitis are indistinguishable. Read more...

What to do if I have a sore throat is viral and very hard to get rid of. Any home remedies?

2 options. Make tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. Consider adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Slippery elm bark lozenges are helpful. Read more...

I've had a severe sore throat for about 4 days. It's so painful that I can barely swallow. Should I go to the dr, or is it likely just viral?

Physician. This may be either viral or bacterial. Copious warm saline gargles will most likely help as will a topical anesthetic for symptomatic pain relief. Persistent or progressive symptoms warrant an evaluation, possibly a culture and possibly antibiotics. Read more...