Acute or chronic inflammation of the pharyngeal mucosa and underlying structures of the throat
Group A Streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis is notable for preventable suppurative (e.g., re...
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) or pain on swallowing (odynophagia)
Cough (uncommon in GAS pharyngitis)
Hoarseness; “hot potato” voice
Salt water gargles
Viscous lidocaine (2%) 5 to 10 mL PO q4h swish/spit
Acetaminophen 10 t...
Patient should complete the full course of antibiotic therapy, regardless of symptom response.
Patients are generally noninfectious after 24 hours of antibiotics.
Baugh RF, Archer SM, Mitchell RB, et al; American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. Clinical practice guideline: tonsillectomy in children. Otolaryngol Hea...
Herpes Simplex; Infectious Mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr Virus Infections; Rheumatic Fever
J02.9 Acute pharyngitis, unspecified
J02.0 Streptococcal pharyngitis
J31.2 Chronic pharyngitis
J03.00 Acute streptococcal tonsillitis, unspecified
J02.8 Acute pharyngitis due to other specified...
Most cases of pharyngitis are viral and do not require antibiotics.
The risk associated with undiagnosed and untreated group A streptococcal infection is for rheumatic sequelae—a rare c...
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