Doctors seeing rise of viral pharyngitis

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Emergency rooms and clinics are seeing a spike in a strep-throat like illness.

Clinics are seeing children with pharyngitis that acts like strep throat but is testing negative and is viral in nature. The symptoms include a sore throat, fever, chills, headache, nausea, and some with abdominal pain.

Viral infections cannot be treated with antibiotics.

Those who catch viral pharyngitis can expect symptoms for 5-7 days and they should focus on treating the symptoms such as fever and discomfort.

Medications for those symptoms as well as nausea are recommended. Follow this up with rest, hydration, and a good healthy diet as tolerated.

If your child has these symptoms, get them checked out and then focus on symptom management and support while the body helps eradicate the virus.

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