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    Self Help

    • Take simple painkillers such as paracetamol
    • Suck on ice lollies or throat lozenges
    • Gargle with dissolved aspirin and swallow (not for children under 12 years)

    Treating a Sore Throat

    Sore throats are common, especially in children and teenagers. This is because young people have not built up resistance (immunity) against many of the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throats.

    Most sore throats are not serious and usually pass without the need for medical treatment. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, and self-care tips can usually help to relieve the symptoms of a sore throat without the need to see a GP.

    Antibiotics are not usually prescribed for a sore throat, unless it is particularly severe or you are considered at risk of a more serious infection.

    Read more about treating a sore throat.

    When to seek Medical Help

    Make an appointment with Riverside if:

    • you have a persistent high temperature above 38C (100.4F), which does not go down after taking medication.
    • your symptoms do not improve within a week.

    It’s important to investigate the cause of your temperature because it may be the result of a more serious condition, such as:

    • epiglottis – swelling and redness (inflammation) of the epiglottis (the flap of tissue at the back of the throat, underneath the tongue); if left untreated, it can cause breathing difficulties.
    • quinsy – an abscess (a painful collection of pus) that develops between the back of the tonsil and the wall of the throat, usually caused by a bout of severe tonsillitis.

    Blood tests may be carried out if Riverside suspects you have a type of viral infection called glandular fever (also known as infectious mononucleosis)