Sore Throat:Treatment

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better by themselves within a week.

How to treat a sore throat yourself

To help soothe a sore throat and shorten how long it lasts, you can:

  • gargle with warm, salty water (children should not try this)
  • drink plenty of water
  • eat cool or soft foods
  • avoid smoking or smoky places
  • suck ice cubes, ice lollies or hard sweets – but do not give young children anything small and hard to suck because of the risk of choking
  • rest
  • A pharmacist can help with sore throats

    To help relieve the pain and discomfort of a sore throat, you can:

    • use paracetamol or ibuprofen
    • use medicated lozenges or anaesthetic sprays (although there's little proof they help)

    You can buy them from a supermarket or from a pharmacist without a prescription.

  • Causes and symptoms of sore throats

    Sore throats are usually caused by viruses (like cold or flu) or from smoking. Very occasionally they can be caused by bacteria.

    Symptoms include:

    • a painful throat, especially when swallowing
    • a dry, scratchy throat
    • redness in the back of the mouth
    • bad breath
    • a mild cough
    • swollen neck glands

    The symptoms are similar for children, but children can also get a temperature and appear less active

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