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Sore throat

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better by themselves within a week.

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Common Symptoms

  • Painful throat
  • Dry scratchy throat
  • Redness in the back of the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • A mild cough

 

Treatment at home

  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen (see a pharmacist)
  • Medicated lozenges
  • Anaesthetic sprays

 

When should I book a GP?

  • your sore throat does not improve after a week
  • you often get sore throats
  • you’re worried about your sore throat
  • you have a sore throat and a very high temperature, or you feel hot and shivery
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of diabetes or chemotherapy
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