What are the treatment options for a sore throat?

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Keri Peterson, MD
Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Keri Peterson discusses the treatment options for a sore throat. Watch Dr. Peterson's video for information on health and wellness.


The treatment options for a sore throat will depend on the cause of it. If you have a viral infection, you will probably just have to wait it out. The pain and redness should decrease in the course of a week. Try to stay hydrated by drinking fluids, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, and get good rest, in the meantime.

If it is a bacterial cause, your doctor may give you antibiotics to kill the infection. Sometimes, though, if you've taken a particular antibiotic too much, you may be resistant to it. Talk with your doctor to see if antibiotics are the best option for you.

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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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