Sore Throat Viruses. Viral pharyngitis and sore throat And all you need to know about sore throat and If you were to look at somebody's mouth like I do all day I am dentist as you know and the mouth is generally red and he pharynx is inflamed and the tonsils are inflamed it is likely is it not that we are dealing with a viral pharyngitis that is the collective name we give to a whole group of viruses including the Common Cold viruses the Echo viruses Cocksackie viruses Cocksackie A and Cocksackie B viruse Adenoviruse and Influenza and there are these three viruses which are specific fevers like Mumps, Measles and Whooping Cough etc they all cause a viral pharyngitis and they are all spread by droplet infection by sneezing and coughing by sneezing and by coughing on your partner and your friends they all cause a sore throat and fever and enlargement of the draining lymph nodes in the neck the Jugular Lymph Glands.
They may be associated with muscle pains and this may be particularly so if you are dealing with Cocksackie B and you probably heard this is sometimes called Bornholm disease called after the Island of the North German Coast where is it was first described but sever muscle pain or Myalgia are feature of Cocksckie B in particular and sometimes there is a rash and thee is a thing called Hand Foot and Mouth disease where a sore throat is accompanied by a pharyngitis which is viral in origin and nothing to do with Foot and Mouth disease in cattle incidentally and sometimes they have red eyes.
So if you look at some bodies mouth and you see a red throat with tonsillar infection you are probably dealing with a pharyngitis due to a virus of which there are many you make a diagnosis which is entirely clinical you might do a white blood count usually comes back as normal because you are dealing with a virus infection you might if you are enthusiastic take a throat washing or swab or if you are very enthusiastic and dealing with Cocksackie and Echo fetal specimens and actually look for the virus. There are no real complications and the treatment is with analgesics and fluids and is extremely common and so is the commonest cause of a red throat.
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Tags: Sore Throat Viruses, Viral pharyngitis, Red sore throat, Rhinovirus, Cocksackievirus, Adenovirus, Bornholm disease, Muscle pain, Tonsolitis, Influenza virus, Mumps, Chickenpox