Pharyngitis

If Signs/Symptoms are Severe

  • Drooling

  • Dysphonia

  • "Potato" voice

  • Neck swelling

  • Epiglottitis

  • Peritonsillar abscess

  • Retropharyngeal abscess

  • Submandibular space infections

  • Primary HIV

Consider a lateral neck x-ray and potential transfer to the emergency department

Definitions

Symptoms suggestive of viral etiology include:

  • cough

  • nasal congestion and/or discharge

  • hoarseness (laryngitis)

  • oral ulcers

  • coryza

  • ear pain

Symptoms suggestive of bacterial etiology include:

  • tonsillar exudate and/or erythema

  • tender anterior cervical lymph nodes

  • absence of cough

  • fever

Management

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