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Throat infections occur quite a bit and they do occur commonly.  When I look at someone with a throat infection, I certainly try to find out is there some underlying etiology I'm concerned about, for instance, strep which is a bacteria which can cause it.  If it's a virus as a cause, I don't get nearly quite concerned because I know that with gargling and I know that 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 I have to be quite concerned. 

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP