What's Going Around - December 2, 2008

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

Dr. Tom Bartlett is on the North end of Colorado Springs with Mountain View Medical Group. He has seen a lot of viral pharyngitis in his office.

The virus starts with a sore throat and a low-grade fever. You’ll also notice nasal congestion and a cough.

But here’s the tough part. Because this is viral, antibiotics won’t help.

So, here’s what you can do. Use a decongestant and/or pain relievers. Gargling with salt water also helps.

Dr. Bartlett says symptoms can last up to two weeks.

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