Immune System and Respiratory Therapist

  • The viruses that usually cause pharyngitis are the viruses implicated in the common cold, and also other virus that can cause pharyngitis are viruses that cause mononucleosis. Mononucleosis, also known as mono, or in layman's terms, the kissing disease, a lot of teenagers end up getting mono, and this primarily caused either by EBV, which is Epstein Bar Virus, or CMV, which stands for Cytomegalovirus. These two are very contagious viruses, and so it's easily passed in the saliva of teens. Now while we're talking about it, teens and kids are the population that are most commonly affected by pharyngitis.

    Adults get it less frequently, and that's because, well, one, young adults and children are still developing their immune system and respiratory therapist education have not been exposed to a lot of these bugs before, and, two, especially in kids, they're notorious for grabbing things, and touching each other, and then touching themselves, and, so, this easily passes on infected material to the child, so viruses are a common cause of pharyngitis, but there is also bacteria.

    The most common bacteria in pharyngitis is known as streptococcus pyogenes. This is also commonly referred to as group A strep. A being the specific kind of streptococcus, so there's group B, group C. Group A strep is specifically streptococcus pyogenes, and even more commonly this is called strep throat. Now the bacteria is dangerous because it causes more serious infections, but, also, if not treated with a full course of antibiotics, patients may develop some bizarre complications, and these complications may arise much later after the infection, maybe two weeks after the infection.