Is Bacterial Pharyngitis Contagious?

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Definition

Pharyngitis, or sore throat, is discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat. It often makes it painful to swallow.

See also:

  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Strep throat

Alternative Names

Pharyngitis - bacterial; Sore throat


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Pharyngitis is caused by swelling (inflammation) of the pharynx, which is in the back of the throat, between the tonsils and the voicebox (larynx).

Most sore throats are cauesd by a viral infection, such as the cold or flu. Some viruses...

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