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Sore Throat

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What is acute sore throat?

Acute sore throats are common and typically not a cause for concern. They normally improve within a week without the need for antibiotics.

These throat discomforts may stem from viral or bacterial sources.

The majority of acute sore throats arise from mild conditions, such as the common cold, and can be managed effectively at home.

What are the symptoms of an acute sore throat?

Symptoms of Acute Sore Throat can include:

  • Pain or discomfort during swallowing
  • Enlarged glands in the neck
  • Persistent urge to clear the throat
  • Elevated temperature exceeding 38°C (fever)
  • Observation of pus in the throat
  • Pronounced inflammation of the tonsils.

How can you relieve symptoms?

You can alleviate your symptoms by:

  • Using non-prescription pain relievers like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Consuming ample amounts of cool or lukewarm (not overly hot) beverages.
  • Sucking on medicated lozenges, hard candies, ice cubes, or ice pops.
  • Refraining from smoking and environments with smoke.
  • Rinsing your mouth with warm, saline water (children should avoid this).

When to seek help?

If your symptoms worsen, you might find relief through a course of antibiotics.

In case you or your child experience severe or rapidly worsening symptoms, difficulty breathing or swallowing, onset of drooling, or emit a high-pitched sound while breathing, it is crucial to seek immediate medical attention.

How can a Lincolnshire Co-op Pharmacy help?

Our pharmacists are available to assist individuals aged five and above.

They will inquire about your medical history and other symptoms to rule out alternative conditions or complications requiring urgent referral to your GP or other sources of assistance. They will inspect your throat using a light and may assess your neck to determine if your glands are swollen.

They might suggest over-the-counter products as mentioned earlier. If your symptoms indicate the need for further treatment, our Pharmacists can provide you with a prescription for antibiotics, if deemed suitable.

What if my child is under five years old?

If your child is below the age of five, we are unable to provide this service to them. Our pharmacists or other members of the pharmacy team can offer self-care advice or refer your child to your GP as necessary.

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