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Antibiotics may Not be Required for Sore Throat as Most are Caused by Viral Infection

by Savitha C Muppala on September 11, 2012 at 8:05 PM
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 Antibiotics may Not be Required for Sore Throat as Most are Caused by Viral Infection

Most of us visit our Doctors for medication to cure a sore throat.

Actually, most sore throats are caused by a virus and antibiotics may not have any effect, according to the recent guidelines published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

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Only a small percentage of people actually have Group A streptococcal pharyngitis. As an initial step, the strep throat infection needs to be confirmed with laboratory testing.

Some of the common symptoms for a viral infection are runny nose, cough, mouth sores and hoarseness.

Experts suggest that antibiotics be prescribed only after confirmation of strep throat infection with laboratory tests.



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