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Viral Throat Infection Provider Treatments

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How and when to see a provider

If you have a sore throat and other symptoms, like fever, white spots or streaks on the back of your throat, or swollen lymph glands, consider seeing a healthcare provider. You may have strep throat, which needs to be treated with antibiotics.

Call your pediatrician if your child is not eating or drinking, they’re losing weight, or if the sore throat lasts more than a few days.

You may also need to be tested for COVID.

Go to the ER if you are having difficulty swallowing or breathing, or have swelling at the back of your throat.

What to expect from your visit

  • If your doctor thinks you may have strep throat, they will do a strep test by swabbing the back of your throat. You may also be asked to take a COVID test.
  • If you have strep throat, you will need to take antibiotics.
  • If it’s a virus, be patient by giving it time to heal on its own. You can also ask your doctor about any OTC medication that can help with the pain.

Types of viral throat infection providers

  • A primary care physician or other general healthcare provider can treat a sore throat.
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Healthcare providers for viral throat infection

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