Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Mononucleosis Sore Throat in Adults

Home care for a sore throat in an adult with mononucleosis includes:

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid citrus juice.
  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Do not smoke and avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Numb the throat pain with throat spray or lozenges.
  • Gargle with warm salt water several times a day. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (92.5 ml) salt per cup (240 cc) of water.
  • Place a vaporizer or nebulizer in the bedroom at night.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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