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A 46-year-old member asked:

What is commonly used to help a sore throat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Decrease symptoms: 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.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is commonly used to help a really really sore throat!?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Sx relief: 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.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

How to help sore throat with no meds?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: Gargling warm salt water as needed can help.
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A 68-year-old female asked:

What helps a sore throat?

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Dr. Edward Rhee
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Knowing the cause of the symptom will direct the type of treatment needed. For example: a viral upper respiratory infection - otc analgesics; bacterial infection - antibiotics; reflux - reflux dietary changes ± meds. Recommend medical evaluation to determine cause to dictate treatment.
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