By: Sumeet Bhatt, MD, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, ABEM
Sore throat is usually caused by two types of germs: virus and bacteria. One type of well-known bacterial infection is commonly called “strep throat”.
It is hard to tell the difference between viral and bacterial throat infections, but there are some clues to look for. People who have a sore throat caused by a virus usually have other symptoms, such as runny nose, chest congestion, red eyes, cough, a hoarse voice, and/or body aches. People who have strep throat usually do not have all those symptoms above. They usually have severe throat pain, fever higher than 100.4°F, and swollen neck glands.