Most sore throats are caused by viruses

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November 2003 - Most sore throats are caused by viruses

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and must be left to run their course. Taking antibiotics for a viral throat infection will not help. Sometimes sore throats are caused by bacterial infections (strep throat). If your doctor is sure your infection is bacterial he/she will prescribe you antibiotics. It is important that you do not diagnose bacterial sore throat yourself and take antibiotics without seeing your doctor first.

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MeSH Keywords: Sore Throat; Pharyngitis; Antibiotics; Streptococcus pyogenes; Tonsillitis

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