Fast Five Quiz: Pharyngitis (Sore Throat)

Richard H. Sinert, DO


December 14, 2022

Whether or not they are taking antibiotics, patients who have been diagnosed with pharyngitis should follow up if their symptoms do not improve within 72 hours. Routine posttreatment throat cultures may remain positive for several weeks and are unnecessary. Need for follow-up is not limited to type of pharyngitis (such as viral or fungal) but presence of worsening symptoms or immunosuppression. Viral pharyngitis generally requires no specific follow-up unless immunosuppression is suspected or symptoms worsen.

Learn more about pharyngitis follow-up.

This Fast Five Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape articles Pharyngitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) Infectious Mononucleosis (Mono), Bacterial Pharyngitis, and Penicillin G Benzathine.

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