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what is good for a sore throat?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throat: 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:

Which medication is good for sore throat?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Depends on cause: Best medications for a sore throat depends on what is causing your throat to be sore. For moderate pain, over the counter pain medication may be sufficient. For reflux induced sore throat, will need something like Prilosec or nexium (esomeprazole). If bacterial infection (fever, severe pain, etc), a culture may be needed and antibiotic prescribed. It is a good idea to see your physician for a check-up.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Are there any good, easy sore throat remedies?

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Dr. Bob Ourian
Dermatology 26 years experience
Yes: Over the counter anti-inflamatory drugs such as Ibuprofen can help with reducing the swelling. Most sore throats are caused by post nasal drip, so taking something like sudafed can stop the post nasal drip and stop the irritation. I also find warm fluids (like warm milk) help sooth the throat.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Whats good for sore throat?

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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry 45 years experience
Hydrogen peroxide : You might try gargling with hydrogen peroxide rinse (.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
Warm salt water gargalings equally effective and tolerated easier than hydrogen peroxide.
Nov 27, 2013
A 42-year-old member asked:

Docs, what's a good remedy for a sore throat?

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Dr. Jerry Fioramonti
Specializes in Family Medicine
Sore throat remedy: As long as the sore throat is not being caused by a strep infection, a good remedy is as follows: make a 50/50 mixture of liquid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and maalox and gargle, then spit it out. Do this several times daily. If your sore throat persists, see your doctor.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What's good for a sore throat? What's bad for it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore Throat: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix 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 amt of lemon juice helps. Hydrate well.

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