Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Red Throat Overview

What is a red throat?
A person with a red throat has inflammation of the throat. In most cases, a red throat is caused by a viral infection. Less commonly, throat redness may be caused by a bacterial infection, such as strep throat.

What are the symptoms of a red throat?
Symptoms that occur with a red throat include fever, sore throat, pus on the tonsils, difficulty swallowing, swollen glands in the neck, fatigue, and ear pain.

How does the doctor treat a red throat?
Treatment for a red throat may include rest, plenty of liquids, throat lozenges, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment with antibiotics may be required for those with a bacterial infection.

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