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Viral pharyngitis is a sore, inflamed throat.
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Viral pharyngitis is more common in children and adolescents. Other factors that may increase your chances of viral pharyngitis include:
Viral pharyngitis may cause:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Most viral sore throats are diagnosed based on the symptoms and an examination of the throat. A sample of fluid at the back of the throat may be taken to make sure a bacterial infection, like strep, is not there.
There are no treatments to cure viral infections. Most of these infection will go away on their own within about a week.
Treatments may help to relieve symptoms until you are better. Options include:
To help reduce your chance of viral pharyngitis:
American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
The College of Family Physicians of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2018 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP Last Updated: 2/8/2018