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A 29-year-old male asked:

Swabbed; viral sore throat: back of mouth as far as tongue reaches. very painful, hard to even swallow saliva. any home remedies to reduce pain?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Painful sore throat: Maybe retro pharyngeal abscess if it is that painful that you can't swallow your saliva. You should be re-evaluated immediately!
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Several: There are several things you can try. Honey is often soothing to the throat. Over the counter things you can try are chloraseptic spray and ibuprofen or tylenol. Throat lozenges sometimes help as well.

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