Sore Throat And Blood Test

Sore Throat And Blood Test

A sore throat is a symptom of a disease related to nose and throat. Either pharyngitis or tonsillitis can cause this. It is usually due to an infection by virus or bacteria.

The characteristics are throat pain and trouble in swallowing. This disease is commonly seen in children and young people but it can occur at any age.

It is easy for the person to say that he has a sore throat because of the symptoms that he is experiencing. The diagnosis of the sore throat is done through a physical examination of the throat and chest area. The signs of other illnesses such as sinus infection or bronchitis are also taken into consideration.

The following are some of the symptoms associated with sore throat.

  • Throat pain and difficulty in swallowing
  • Throat is reddish, tonsils swollen and coated
  • Possibility of fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaw and  in the neck

Viruses are known to cause 90 percent of all sore throat infections. Viruses cause an inflammation in the throat and occasionally the tonsils. Cold symptoms normally accompany a viral sore throat. Another common cause of a viral sore throat is mononucleosis. If mononucleosis is suspected, a blood test is conducted to note the presence of antibodies.

Otherwise no blood test is called for when a person suffers from a sore throat. On the basis of symptoms and physical examination itself, the physician is able to carry out the diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

The most common bacteria to cause sore throat are streptococcus group A. If the sore throat is due to bacterial infection, it can be treated with antibiotics. 

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