Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Viral Throat Infection Treatment

Treatment for viral pharyngitis includes rest, liquids, and medications for pain and fever. Most cases of viral pharyngitis resolve within 10 days. Antibiotics are not effective for the treatment of viral pharyngitis. The use of antiviral agents is restricted to specific viral causes, such as influenza, herpes simplex virus, and HIV.

Specific treatment for viral pharyngitis includes:

Viral Throat Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of viral pharyngitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having viral pharyngitis again?
  • Will I need to see my doctor for a checkup?

Viral Throat Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat viral pharyngitis:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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