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Sore Throat

Alternate Names : Pharyngitis

Sore Throat | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

A sore throat caused by a virus is treated only to relieve symptoms. Antibiotics do not have any effect on viruses. A warm salt-water gargle and throat lozenges can help reduce pain and inflammation. Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen can be used to treat pain and fever. Children under 12 with a suspected viral infection should never be given aspirin, because of the risk of a complication known as Reye's syndrome. The person should drink plenty of liquids.

A sore throat caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotics. The full course of antibiotics should be taken, even if the symptoms improve before the medication is gone.

A chronic sore throat is treated by eliminating the cause of the inflammation.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Antibiotics may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, or an allergic reaction.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Sore throats usually clear up within a few days.

How is the condition monitored?

Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/12/01

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