Viral and Bacterial Pharyngitis

Pharyngitis is a sore throat. It is an infection of the back of the throat (pharynx).


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. You may get sick again if you do not take medicine as told.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Rest.

  • Rinse your mouth (gargle) with salt water (¼ teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water) every 1 to 2 hours. This will help the pain.

  • For children over the age of 7, suck on hard candy or sore throat lozenges.


  • There are large, tender lumps in your neck.

  • You have a rash.

  • You cough up green, yellow-brown, or bloody mucus.

  • You have a stiff neck.

  • There is redness, puffiness (swelling), or very bad pain anywhere on the neck.

  • You drool or are unable to swallow liquids.

  • You throw up (vomit) or are not able to keep medicine or liquids down.

  • You have very bad pain that will not stop with medicine.

  • You have problems breathing (not from a stuffy nose).

  • You cannot open your mouth completely.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse.