Sore Throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about.

  • They normally get better within a week.
  • Most are caused by minor illnesses such as coughs, colds or flu and can be treated at home.

The following measures can often help soothe a sore throat:

  • Take Ibuprofen or Paracetamol – Paracetamol is better for children and for people who can't take Ibuprofen (note that children under 16 should never take Aspirin)
  • Drink plenty of cool or warm fluids, and avoid very hot drinks
  • Eat cool, soft foods
  • Avoid smoking and smoky places
  • Adults can try gargling with a homemade mouthwash of warm, salty water (not recommended for children)
  • Suck lozenges, hard sweets, ice cubes or ice lollies – but don't give young children anything small and hard to suck because of the risk of choking
  • There are also a wide range of products such as medicated lozenges and sprays available to help alleviate the symptoms and pain. 

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