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Viral Pharyngitis Sore Throat in Children
- Avoid citrus juice.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Numb the throat pain with throat spray or lozenges.
- Perform warm salt water gargles 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.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Acetaminophen for pain
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PubMed Viral Pharyngitis References
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- Zwart S, Sachs AP, Ruijs GJ, Gubbels JW, Hoes AW, de Melker RA. Penicillin for acute sore throat: randomised double blind trial of seven days versus three days treatment or placebo in adults. BMJ. 2000 Jan 15;320(7228):150-4.