Throat infections occur quite a bit and they do occur commonly. When we look at someone with a throat infection, we try to find out if there some underlying etiology to be concerned about; for instance, strep is a bacteria which can cause a throat infection. If it's a virus as a cause, physicians don't get nearly quite concerned because we know that with gargling and with watching the temperature you can make a big difference. It's when people actually are in a situation where they have serious throat infections with bacterial origins that can be a concern.
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