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What is the treatment for sore throat?

The treatment for a sore throat depends upon the cause:

  • Viruses will run their own course and the infection usually will resolve when the body fights them off. Mononucleosis (mono) can take up to a month to resolve but there is no specific treatment for it.
  • Bacterial infections of the tonsils or adenoids are treated with antibiotics. Chronic infections may require surgery to remove the tonsils or adenoids.
  • Dry mouth caused by mouth breathing or smoking is treated by changing habits (quit smoking) or by changing sleeping positions. Home remedies such as lozenges and mouthwash may be tried. Mouth breathing at night may be a sign of other respiratory problems. Talk to a doctor about possible causes for nighttime mouth breathing.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is treated with multiple medications to decrease stomach acid. Talk to a doctor about treatment options.
  • Sinus drainage (post nasal drip) is treated with over the counter decongestants or nasal sprays.
  • Bacterial infections such as strep throat are treated with antibiotics including penicillin, azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax), amoxicillin (Amoxil, Dispermox, Trimox), and levofloxacin (Levaquin).
  • Sore throat due to the yeast Candida (thrush) is treated with anti-fungal medications.
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Comment from: chetna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

Yes, I use honey and lemon but it seems to make the pain worst. My mom has tonsilitis and she has not been using this remedy. So home remedies are either useful or useless from my experience.

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Comment from: Jordan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

I had a sore throat since last Wednesday and it's still there. I am taking cough drops, throat sprays, tea with lemon and honey, salt water, everything. It's doing its job but not a good job. It's basically 60 percent down. I'm doing all I can to make it better than the same.

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