Feb. 8, 2020

Sore Throat

by Michael Lloyd Young (author's profile)


Patient education materials

Sore Throat

A sore throat is a painful, burning, sore, or scratchy feeling of the throat. There may be pain or tenderness when swallowing or talking. You may have other symptoms with a sore throat. These include coughing, sneezing, fever, or a swollen neck. A sore throat is often the first sign of another sickness. These sicknesses may include a cold, flu, strep throat, or an infection called mono. Most sore throats go away without medical treatment.

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• Only take medicine as told by your doctor.
• Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.
• Rest as needed.
• Try using throat sprays, lozenges, or suck on hard candy (if older than 4 years or as told).
• Sip warm liquids, such as broth, herbal tea, or warm water with honey. Try sucking on frozen ice pops or drinking cold liquids.
• Rinse the mouth (gargle) with salt water. Mix 1 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces of water.
• Do not smoke. Avoid being around others when they are smoking.
• Put a humidifier in your bedroom at night to moisten the air. You can also turn on a hot shower and sit in the bathroom for 5-10 minutes. Be sure the bathroom door is closed.

• You have trouble breathing.
• You cannot swallow fluids, soft foods, or your spit (saliva).

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