Clinical Tip: A colorful clue to viral illness

April 1, 2006

As a general rule, the more mucous membrane sites involved in an infection, the more likely it is to be viral. If the patient's eyes are red, and his ears are red, and his throat is red, and he is coughing, he probably has a viral infection.

As a general rule, the more mucous membrane sites involved in an infection, the more likely it is to be viral. If the patient's eyes are red, and his ears are red, and his throat is red, and he is coughing, he probably has a viral infection.

Julia A. McMillan, MD Editor in Chief