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Pharyngitis

Also known as Throat Infection

Pharyngitis /færɨnˈdʒaɪtɨs/ comes from the Greek word pharynx pharanx meaning throat and the suffix -itis meaning inflammation. It is an inflammation of the throat. In most cases it is quite painful, and is the most common cause of a sore throat.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with pharyngitis, 88% report having cough, 85% report having fever, and 80% report having sore throat. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of pharyngitis are wheezing, difficulty in swallowing, hoarse voice, and hurts to breath, although you may still have pharyngitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with pharyngitis often receive examination of breast, depression screen, nebulizer therapy, excision, rectal examination, corneal transplant, procedures on spleen and removal of ectopic pregnancy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with pharyngitis include guaifenesin (mucinex), robitussin dm, pregabalin (lyrica), prednisolone, ipratropium, doxycycline, chlorpheniramine / phenindamine / phenylpropanolamine, mecamylamine, grepafloxacin (raxar), malathion topical, gemtuzumab (mylotarg), gadoteridol (prohance) and carbinoxamine / dextromethorphan / phenylephrine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for pharyngitis include race/ethnicity = other, race/ethnicity = hispanic, sex == male, age 5-14 years, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years. On the other hand, age 75+ years and age 45-59 years almost never get pharyngitis.

Age

< 1 years
2.3x
1-4 years
3.5x
5-14 years
4.1x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
0.0x
60-74 years
1.0x
75+ years
0.0x

Sex

Male
1.5x
Female
0.6x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.8x
Hispanic
2.0x
White
0.7x
Other
2.7x
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