Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Throat Pain 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:

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Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a sore throat:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Throat Pain References
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