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Sore throat Treatments

Sore throat: Treatments Inroduction

Treatment plans for a sore throat are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of a sore throat, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to swallow and rest comfortably.

When a sore throat is caused by a viral infection, such as influenza or an upper respiratory infection, the treatment is supportive care, including rest, increased fluids and using a vaporizer and sore throat lozenges. When a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, such as in strep throat, antibiotics are prescribed as well.

Sore throat that is caused by an allergy may be treated with antihistamine medication and avoiding exposure to the allergen that causes the allergy. Quitting smoking can improve a chronically sore throat due to smoking and decrease the risk of developing lung cancer. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is treated with eating frequent small meals and antacids and a variety of other medications.

Serious causes of a sore throat, such as severe throat trauma, epiglottitis, or airway obstruction require hospitalization, intensive care and possibly life support measures, including intubation of the airway and mechanical ventilation.

Sore throat: Treatments

Some of the possible treatments for Sore throat from various sources may include:

Treatments for Sore Throat

The following treatments are listed for Sore Throat in our knowledge base:

  • Vitamin B2 - possibly used for related vitamin B2 deficiency

Alternative Treatments for Sore throat

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Sore throat in various sources may include:

  • Lemon juice and warm water gargle
  • Warm salt water gargle
  • Warm salt water and Listerine gargle
  • Sage, alum, brown sugar, vinegar and warm water gargle
  • Ginger, honey, lemon and warm water gargle
  • Warm goldenseal gargle
  • Warm wheatgrass gargle
  • Clove and honey syrup
  • Marshmallow tea
  • Tabasco salt water gargle
  • Baking soda gargle
  • Slippery elm tea
  • Vitamin C
  • Echinacea
  • Garlic
  • Zinc lozenges
  • Cool mist humidifier
  • Stop smoking
  • Immune system-boosting supplementation
  • Reishi mushrooms
  • Shiitake mushrooms
  • Ginger
  • Astragalus
  • Goldenseal
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin E
  • Avoid dairy products
  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises
  • Ginger, cinnamon and licorice root tea
  • Warm milk and turmeric
  • Warm salt water and turmeric gargle
  • Aconite homeopathic remedy
  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
  • Lachesis homeopathic remedy
  • Phytolacca homeopathic remedy
  • Mercurius homeopathic remedy
  • Hepar sulph homeopathic remedy
  • Lycopodium homeopathic remedy
  • Arsenicum homeopathic remedy
  • Apis homeopathic remedy
  • Baptisia homeopathic remedy
  • Oral pain reliever
  • Rest
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Chinese folk remedies
  • Sea vegetables
  • Chestnut juice
  • Acupressure
  • Acupuncture
  • Shuang Liao Hou Feng San Chinese herb tincture-spray on throat
  • Alternate hot and cold compresses around your neck, cover with a wool scarf
  • Popsicles

Drugs and Medications used to treat Sore throat:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Sore throat may include:

  • Benzocaine
  • Cepacol Sore Throat
  • Thorets
  • Trocaine
  • Mycinettes
  • Cetylpyridinium and Benzocaine
  • Cepacol Anesthetic Troches
  • Cepacol
  • Kank-A
  • Hexylesorcinol
  • S.T. 37%
  • Sucrets ORiginal

Treatments for Causes of Sore throat

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Sore throat:

More causes: not all possible causes for Sore throat are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Sore throat.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Sore throat:

The following list of conditions have 'Sore throat' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Sore throat:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Sore throat' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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