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|The main symptom of pharyngitis is a sore throat. In infectious pharyngitis, other symptoms vary depending on whether the infection is viral or bacterial (usually strep throat):
* Viral pharyngitis — Sore throat often occurs with the following symptoms: pain when swallowing; redness in the throat; runny nose; stuffy nose; cough; hoarseness; redness of the eyes; and, in children, diarrhea. In some cases, there can be a painful redness around the mouth or small painful sores on the lips and inside the mouth.
* Strep throat — With strep throat and other forms of bacterial pharyngitis, sore throat can be accompanied by any of the following symptoms: fever; pain when swallowing; a generally sick feeling (malaise); headache; redness and swelling in the throat; a coating on the tonsils or tongue; and swollen, tender lymph nodes (swollen glands) in the front of the neck. Children also can have nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Because symptoms of viral and bacterial pharyngitis can overlap, it may be difficult for the doctor to distinguish between them based on symptoms alone. As a general rule, however, if you have a prominent cough and nasal symptoms you are more likely to have viral pharyngitis than strep throat.
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Luckily, this morning, she woke up with no fever, lots of happy energy, and a minimal sore throat. For future reference, the things we did were cod liver oil, oscillococcinum, echinacea with thymus in it, Standard Process Congoplex, elderberry extract, primal defense for kids, Standrad process catalyn, Garden of Life Perfect Food, organic popsicles (only when she wouldn't drink water), and I convinced her somehow to eat some homemade saurkraut.