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A 18-year-old female asked:

What can i do to relieve sore throat? it is very painful :(

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Dr. Iman Naseri
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 18 years experience
Hydration and cold: Sore throats are typically a result of tonsillitis or pharyngitis or both. Unfortunately there is no smoking gun solution. However, there are things to do to alleviate the discomfort. First, lots of hydration is necessary to expedite your recovery. I recommend gatorade/powerade. Also, try eating or drinking cold stuff to sooth your throat. Popsicles, ice cream. All the best.

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My sore throat is so painful, so what can I eat?

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Keep is soft: Keep it soft so that is goes smoothly down your throat. How about warm chicken noodle soup?

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