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Sore Throat

What Causes a Sore Throat?

A sore throat is often caused by an infection in the throat. The infection is usually caused by a virus or bacteria. Sore throats can also be caused by allergies and tobacco smoke.

A sore throat can be a symptom of many different medical disorders. Some of the most common conditions that cause a sore throat are:

Tips to Sooth a Sore Throat

  1. Drink fluids.
  2. Do not drink alcohol.
  3. Rest your voice.
  4. Don't smoke.
  5. Gargle with warm salt water several times a day.
  6. Suck on throat lozenges or hard candies.
  7. Take a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. **Do not give aspirin to a child. Giving aspirin to a child can cause Reye's Syndrome which can be deadly.
  8. Use medicated throat sprays.

Seek professional help when you have:

  1. Trouble breathing.
  2. Severe sore throat for longer than a week.
  3. Pain in your joints.
  4. Trouble swallowing or opening your mouth.
  5. A lump in your neck.
  6. An earache.
  7. A high fever.
  8. Blood in your saliva.
  9. Hoarseness for more than two weeks.
  10. Skin Rash.

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