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Are over-the-counter medications available for viral throat infection?

No medications actually treat viral throat infection, but some may relieve the symptoms. Common viral throat infections typically cause a sore throat but are often accompanied by fever, headaches, fatigue, and general feeling of illness. Over-the-counter medications can help to relieve the pain and reduce the fever associated with the virus even though the virus is not directly affected.

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Are there alternative treatments for viral throat infections?
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