Treating a sore throat

Sore Throat

Self-Care Guide


  • Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed on package to reduce fever and/or pain. Do NOT use aspirin.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to maintain hydration, keep fever down and thin mucus.
  • Gargle with a warm salt water mix (1/4 tsp salt in 8oz. warm water) every 2 hours as needed to soothe throat and wash drainage from throat.
  • Try ice chips/popsicles or sipping warm tea or soup depending on your preferences


Note: If your sore throat is accompanied by one or more of the following, you should be seen by a provider: significant pain, sudden onset, fever of 100 or>, general feeling of illness, or generalized body rash.

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