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How can I treat severe throat pain?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Throat Pain

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 with aloe vera juice twice a day. Gargle several times a day.

In brief: Throat Pain

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 with aloe vera juice twice a day. Gargle several times a day.
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