Tag: viral infection
A sore throat is pain, itching or irritation in the throat which often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or flu. A sore throat caused by a virus heals by itself. Inflammation of the throat (streptococcal infection), a type of sore throat that is less commonly caused by bacteria, requires treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications. Other less common causes of sore throat may require more complex treatments. Inflammation of the throat, which is an infection due to streptococcal bacteria, is another cause of sore throat and tonsillitis. With strep throat, sore throat is often more severe and continues.
The difference between a bacterial infection and a viral infection can make the difference between a life-threatening and harmless condition, so you might want to read on. Bacterial infections are caused by bacteria and viral infections are caused by viruses. Okay, pretty simple. Some diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhea, can be caused by both types of pathogens (dangerous microscopic organisms).