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Sore Throat, Headache, Earache, and Body Aches
- Many sore throats are caused by viruses but others may be due to a strep or other bacterial infection. It is reasonable to treat the symptoms of a sore throat for a few days but if symptoms don't resolve, a strep screen or throat swab may be necessary to determine if antibiotics are needed.
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are helpful in treating the pain associated with cold and influenza.
- Benzocaine (Cepacol) is the active ingredient in cough drops and sprays that helps to control the symptoms of a sore throat. It is also available as an eardrop antipyrine (A/B Octic, Aurodex, Rx-Octic), benzocaine (Oticaine); as a dehydratedglycerin (Auralgan) for temporary relief of ear pain; and as a pain reliever for oral ulcers toothache pain (Anbesol).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/19/2014
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