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How to Cure Sore Throat
The cure for sore throat depends upon the exact cause. Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections but are not effective in viral infections. There is no medical cure for sore throats caused by viral infections, and supportive care is usually all that is needed. People with epiglottitis usually require IV antibiotics and a hospital admission; a few people may require breathing assistance (intubation).
Sore Throat Home Remedies
Treatment of pain is often the number one priority if you have a sore throat. Some of these home remedies and self-care steps may help alleviate the pain from a sore throat.
Sore Throat Medical Treatment
Care of a sore throat involves treatment of pain, dehydration, or difficulty breathing (airway problems are common with croup or epiglottitis).
Sore Throat Surgery
Surgical drainage of an abscess behind a tonsil (peritonsillar abscess) or between the spine and pharynx (retropharyngeal abscess) is required in rare cases. Tonsillectomy or surgical removal of the tonsils is occasionally indicated for tonsillitis that returns often (once a month) or that causes breathing or sleep problems.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2016
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