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is there a cure for a sore throat?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Sore throat: Sure but treatment depends on the cause. If felt most mornings, you could be a mouth breather during sleep causing your throat to dry up - need to drink, see doctor to stop mouth-breathing. If infected with virus - warm salt-water gargles. If infected with bacteria (strep) - penicillin prescribed by your doctor. If caused by fish-bone - see ENT doctor. Analgesics - acetaminophen/ibuprofen/naproxen.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends on cause.: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a streph throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tips: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future compications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider & get a streph throat test & culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good.
Dr. Malina Milan
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Sore throat: Most sore throats are viral. So usually plenty of fluids, warm salt water gargles, Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen). If you have a sore throat due to strep then you need to take antibiotics. Take care!
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Depends on the cause: Most sore throats are caused by virus infection and get better by itself with supportive therapy like pain meds if needed like tylenol/ibuprofen etc, and warm saline gargles but if sore throat is caused by strep throat than you need ten days course of antibiotics to cure the infection.It can be diagnosed in your doctors office by a quick strep test or by throat culture.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends on cause: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Sore throat: I agree with dr. Fowler's ideas about throat cultures and salt water -- and am adding a few. Slippery elm lozenges can help, such as thayer's -- or also this can be combined with elderberry ; zinc in other preparations. It can be found in throat comfort tea. Licorice lozenges also -- licorice (dgl if hypertension is a worry) is soothing to mucus membranes. Sage throat spray can be helpful too.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can evaluate: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or mild flu (antibiotics are not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away in a day or two (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain, for 1-2 days.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is there a quick cure for sore throat?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
No: In most cases it's caused by a virus, and it has to get better with time. With strep throat, antibiotics prevent complications, but they don't speed up recovery.
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How is sore throat been cure?

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Dr. Fred Rincon
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: Infectious sore throat may need to be treated with antibiotics if there is a bacterial infection viral infections improve on their own and only supportive therapy is needed. Other conditions that may cause sore throat may need to be evaluated by your doctor.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How to cure a sore throat immediately?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No immediate cure.: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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There is NO immediate cure for viral or streph throat. Remedies help to allieve symptoms. Consider making tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. Try adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Slippery Elm Bark lozenges are another option.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Easy tips to cure a sore throat?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sore throat: This will cure itself in time. Have patience. In the interim you can prepare hot tea with lemon and honey and drink this as needed to alleviate symptoms. Good luck.
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How to cure sore throat at home?

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Zinc lozenges : We use cold eeze to help prevent virus infections that attach on throat membranes. If very bad sore throats though, see your PCP to check for Step. See Eyedoc2020.blogspot.com

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