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How can I ease the pain that results from throat disorders?

Over-the-counter pain relievers are a common way to deal with uncomfortable symptoms associated with throat disorders. Over-the-counter drugs cannot directly treat any throat problems, though. In the case of bacterial infection, antibiotics are necessary; for cancer, chemotherapy or other drugs. However, over-the-counter pain relievers can be a useful way to treat the symptoms of throat infections while waiting for the antibiotics to kick in. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are the primary drugs used. It is not a good idea to give aspirin to your child with a throat infection. Make sure to follow the recommended dosage on the labels of these drugs; it is possible to overdose.

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