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A 48-year-old member asked:

is there evidence showing cold drinks will cause sore throats?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unknown to me.: I am not aware that cold drinks cause sore throats. If you share a cold drink with a friend who has an infection - you might catch it.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's good for sore throats ?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lots of things: Try gargling salt water. Take pain relievers. Suck on lozenges, i like cepacol maximum strength. If it's severe or prongued, see a doctor in case the infection needs treatment.
A 55-year-old member asked:

How long do sore throats last?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Depends: Sore throats are caused by many things. Sometime allergies and drainage. Control that and the st goes away. Some are due to bacterial infections. Treat the infection and the throat gets better in 3-5 days. Some are viral. These can last from 3-5 days to 1-2 weeks. Usually not medications to use, just symptomatic treatment. Prolonged st---get checked out!
A 20-year-old member asked:

What causes sore throats and voice loss?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Viral infection: Voice loss (laryngitis) is almost always viral. You can use warm salt water gargles and ibuprofen. If it lasts more than 2 weeks, you may need to see an ENT doctor to have your vocal chords checked.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How come tea is so effective in healing sore throats?

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Dr. BERT W WINTERHOLLER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Warmth & swallowing: Tea, when used for symptomatic relief of a sore throat, exposes the throat to warmth but also is beneficial because of the oils found in tea, namely tannin. The mechanical act of swallowing also cleanses the throat naturally.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What to take for sore throats from a cold?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alvaro Lazo
Dentistry 24 years experience
Hot tea: And the juice of two limes or lemons. Eat or drink pineapple juice.

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