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Sore throat

By on April 18, 2012 in Diseases, Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

What is a sore throat? 

Sore throat means that the throat hurts. It can get worse when swallowing. There are many causes of sore throat.

What are the symptoms of tonsillitis and infection of strep throat?

  • Sore throat.
  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • White patches in the throat or tonsils.
  • Pain on swallowing.
  • Red and swollen tonsils.
  • Swollen glands and sore jaw and throat.
  • Abdominal pain (usually in children).
  • Vomiting (usually in children with infection of strep throat).

What is the cause of sore throat?

Many factors can cause sore throat. Viruses (like those that cause colds and mononucleosis) can cause sore throat.Bacteria (such as those that cause infection strep throat) can also cause sore throat, like smoking, breathing polluted air and allergies to pet dander, pollen and mold.

What is tonsillitis?

The tonsilitis occurs when the tonsils (which are on the back of the mouth, on each side of the throat) are infected by bacteria or a virus. Causes the tonsils to swell and can cause sore throat and other symptoms. Signs of infection from strep throat and tonsillitis often are similar.

What is the infection of strep throat?

The infection of the strep throat is caused by a type of bacteria called streptococcus. The pain of the infection of strep throat often is more like sore throats caused by other bacteria or viruses. What is important and different about the infection of strep throat is that, if untreated, can sometimes cause inflammation of the kidneys or rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever can cause rash, swelling of the joints and, in severe cases, damage to heart valves.

What is Mononucleosis?

The mononucleosis s a viral infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. One of the main signs of mono is a sore throat that may last from 1 to 4 weeks. Other symptoms include swollen glands in the neck and armpits, fever, headache and tiredness.

What tests can be used to find the cause of my sore throat?

Your doctor may do a rapid strep test, a throat culture or both. A rapid strep test results will rapidly, usually within a period of about 15 minutes. However, the test does not indicate whether the sore throat is caused by bacteria other than Streptococcus or if caused by viruses. A throat culture takes longer, between 24 and 48 hours, but is more accurate. If your doctor thinks you may have mono, you are likely to perform a blood test.


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