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How to Treat Pharyngitis/Tonsillopharyngitis
Treatment depends on the cause of the sore throat. Treatment options include:
- Antibiotics for strep throat
- Drugs to reduce sore throat pain; these drugs include:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Note: Aspirin is not recommended for children or teens with a current or recent viral infection. This is because of the risk of Reye's Syndrome. Ask your doctor which other medicines are safe for your child.
- Numbing throat spray for pain control
- Decongestants and antihistamines to relieve nasal congestion and runny nose
- Vitamin C (if recommended by your doctor)
- Throat lozenges
- Corticosteroids (used in combination with antibiotics for severe cases)
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Gargle with warm salt water several times a day.
- Drink warm liquids (tea or broth) or cool liquids.
- Avoid irritants that might affect your throat, such as smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, and cold air.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
If you have been diagnosed with pharyngitis, be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright ©2013 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved. Source: EBSCO