Painful Throat Treatment
Treatment for a sore throat depends on the underlying cause. A sore throat that is caused by a bacterial infection is often treated with antibiotics. A sore throat due to a viral infection will not respond to antibiotics. General measures for a sore throat include rest, plenty of liquids, throat lozenges, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment for a sore throat may include:
- Drink plenty of liquids.
- Acetaminophen for pain or fever control
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain or fever control:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Take nonprescription medication for sore throat:
- Sore throat sprays
- Sore throat lozenges
For more information:
Painful Throat Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a sore throat:
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