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What is the best way to get rid of a sore throat I have a 3 basketball games this week and I have a sore throat how do I get rid of it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Viral - bacterial

If it is viral - nature will take it's course.
However, gargling with warm salt water can really reduce the discomfort. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and adequate hydration can also help. If you have swelling please see your doctor for a throat culture. Untreated streph throat can lead to serious health complications later in life.

In brief: Viral - bacterial

If it is viral - nature will take it's course.
However, gargling with warm salt water can really reduce the discomfort. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and adequate hydration can also help. If you have swelling please see your doctor for a throat culture. Untreated streph throat can lead to serious health complications later in life.
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