Viral Pharyngitis Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Viral Pharyngitis
There are no treatments to cure a viral sore throat. Most cases of viral pharyngitis heal on their own within about a week's time. A sore throat may be the initial symptom of an HIV infection.
Treatments to relieve symptoms until the infection heals, include:
Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
Sore throat pain can be treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
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.
- Gargling with warm salt water can help relieve a sore throat.
- Using throat lozenges every couple of hours can help relieve sore throat and cough.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Hot drinks and soups can be very soothing for a sore throat.
- Consider running a cool-mist humidifier. It can help keep your nasal passages moist and reduce congestion, two factors that can worsen a sore throat.