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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sore Throat

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Most sore throats are minor, uncomplicated viral infections that clear up within five days without treatment. Although there is no cure for a viral sore throat, various measures help relieve the symptoms and make you feel better. These measures unclude:
  • Warm salt water gargles every few hours
  • aspirin or acetaminophen every 4–6 hours
  • the use of throat lozenges
  • increase fluid intake
  • increased rest

If your sore throat is caused by a Strep infection (your throat culture for the Strep bacteria came back positive), you will be taking antibiotics. It is crucial that you follow the treatment prescribed for you and take all of the medication, even if you begin to feel much better. Failure to take all of the medication can lead to serious complications such as Rheumatic fever. Following the same relief measures listed above may also help relieve some of your sore throat symptoms.