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How do you stop a sore throat from getting worse help its killing ?

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Dr. Gregory Bussell
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and salt water gargles usually help.
If pain is still severe see a doc to see if you need antibiotics.

In brief: Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and salt water gargles usually help.
If pain is still severe see a doc to see if you need antibiotics.
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Dr. Gregory Bussell
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Dr. Gregory Bussell
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and salt water gargles can help.
If pain is severe even despite this see a doc to see if you need antibiotics.

In brief: Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen and salt water gargles can help.
If pain is severe even despite this see a doc to see if you need antibiotics.
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Dr. Gregory Bussell
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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine

In brief: Symptom relief

Don't smoke. Do drink plenty of fluids, sometimes cold feels good (popsicles) or warm (chicken soup.
) acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen can relieve aches, pains and fever. If it is just the throat, try numbing sprays like chloraseptic. Most adults will not need an antibiotic to get over a sore throat. If you have trouble breathing or swallowing go to an er or see a doctor asap.

In brief: Symptom relief

Don't smoke. Do drink plenty of fluids, sometimes cold feels good (popsicles) or warm (chicken soup.
) acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen can relieve aches, pains and fever. If it is just the throat, try numbing sprays like chloraseptic. Most adults will not need an antibiotic to get over a sore throat. If you have trouble breathing or swallowing go to an er or see a doctor asap.
Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks
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Dr. Mark Mortiere
Dentistry

In brief: Hot salt water rinse

Gargle with hot, salty water: fill a glass with hot water, dissolve table salt in it.
Gargle with the salty water 5-6 times, 5-10 seconds each gargle. Do this every couple of hours. See a doctor

In brief: Hot salt water rinse

Gargle with hot, salty water: fill a glass with hot water, dissolve table salt in it.
Gargle with the salty water 5-6 times, 5-10 seconds each gargle. Do this every couple of hours. See a doctor
Dr. Mark Mortiere
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