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I have strep throat and when I eat something it hurts (when I swallow) is there a way to make it less painful?
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David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Throat spray
I would suggest one of the anesthetic throat sprays like chloroseptic.
They contain a compound like phenol that temporarily deadens the pain nerves and can give good temporary relief.

In brief: Throat spray
I would suggest one of the anesthetic throat sprays like chloroseptic.
They contain a compound like phenol that temporarily deadens the pain nerves and can give good temporary relief.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Gargle
Gargling with plain water can help pain and is easy to do.
Also is important to keep your throat moist by drinking plenty of nonacidic (juice) fluids (can make it sting). Same for carbonated beverages. Don't forget to complete your entire antibiotic prescription even if you feel better before then.

In brief: Gargle
Gargling with plain water can help pain and is easy to do.
Also is important to keep your throat moist by drinking plenty of nonacidic (juice) fluids (can make it sting). Same for carbonated beverages. Don't forget to complete your entire antibiotic prescription even if you feel better before then.
Dr. Judy Orton
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Steroid addition to.
A short course of steroid added to standard antibiotic treatment can provide quick symptomatic relief.
Consult your doctor.

In brief: Steroid addition to.
A short course of steroid added to standard antibiotic treatment can provide quick symptomatic relief.
Consult your doctor.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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