Viral pharyngitis is a sore, inflamed throat.
Sore Throat Due to Inflammation
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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. Sometimes, the throat will be swabbed to make sure that the sore throat is not caused by a bacterial strep infection.
There are no treatments to cure viral pharyngitis. Most cases of viral pharyngitis resolve on their own within about a week.
Treatments to relieve symptoms include:
Sore throat pain can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Note: Aspirin can cause serious complications in some children with certain infections. It is best to avoid aspirin or aspirin products for children with infections.
You can relieve symptoms by:
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Last reviewed August 2017 by David L. Horn, MD, FACP
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