Pharyngitis bacterial


Pharyngitis Bacterial: Everything You Need to Know

Pharyngitis bacterial is an infection of the throat, usually caused by a bacterial or viral agent. The throat is called the pharynx, hence the name. It can be a very uncomfortable and painful condition, but fortunately is generally treatable with antibiotics or other medications.

The symptoms of pharyngitis bacterial include sore throat, swollen tonsils, pain when swallowing and tenderness at the base of the neck. Additional symptoms may include fever, cold sweats, headache, swollen lymph nodes and halitosis (bad breath). In severe cases, the patient may also experience chest pains, difficulty breathing, and bloody mucus.

The cause of pharyngitis bacterial is usually the result of a viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. The most common cause is a streptococcal (strep) infection, which can be very contagious. Other causes of bacteria-related pharyngitis include Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and certain types of pneumonia.

It is important to see a doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms as complications can occur if an infection is left untreated. The diagnosis of pharyngitis bacterial can be difficult because the symptoms can mimic the symptoms of other illnesses. Your doctor will typically take a swab of your throat to be tested in the laboratory for bacterial or viral agents.

Treatment for pharyngitis bacterial usually depends on the cause of the infection. If it is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are usually prescribed. However, if the pharyngitis is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not be effective. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, lozenges, and throat sprays to help reduce the discomfort and pain associated with the infection.

In some cases, more serious complications can occur from a pharyngitis bacterial infection, including a spread of infection to the tonsils, sinuses, or middle ear. It can also lead to other conditions, such as rheumatic fever and abscesses of the throat. To prevent these complications from occurring, it is important to practice good hygiene and to seek medical help if symptoms do not improve in a few days.

Tips for Prevention:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Avoid kissing anyone who has a sore throat.
  • Stay away from anyone who is sick.
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Consume plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Quit smoking.