Sore Throat


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This service is only suitable for adults and children aged 5 years and over.

This service is NOT suitable  pregnant individuals under 16 years.

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Sore throat

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better by themselves within 7-8 days .

How to treat a sore throat yourself

To help soothe a sore throat and shorten how long it lasts, you can:

  • gargle with warm, salty water (children should not try this)
  • drink plenty of water
  • eat cool or soft foods
  • avoid smoking or smoky places
  • suck ice cubes, ice lollies or hard sweets – but do not give young children anything small and hard to suck because of the risk of choking
  • rest

How to look after yourself and your family.

  • Have plenty of rest.
  •  Drink enough fluids to avoid feeling thirsty.
  •  Ask your local pharmacist to recommend medicines to help your symptoms or pain (or both).
  •  Fever is a sign the body is fighting the infection and usually gets better by itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever.
  •   Use a tissue and wash your hands with soap to help prevent spread of your infection to your family, friends and others you meet.

When to get Help

If you or your child has any of these symptoms, are getting worse or are sicker than you would expect (even if your/their temperature falls), trust your instincts and seek medical advice urgently from NHS 111 or your GP. If a child under the age of 5 has any of symptoms 1–3 go to A&E immediately or call 999.

1.     If your skin is very cold or has a strange colour, or you develop an unusual rash.

2.     If you have new feelings of confusion, or drowsiness, or have slurred speech.

3.     If you have difficulty breathing. Signs that suggest breathing problems can be:

•    breathing quickly

•    turning blue around the lips and the skin below the mouth

•    skin between or above the ribs getting sucked or pulled in with every breath

4.     If you develop a severe headache and are sick.

5.     If you develop chest pain.

6.     If you have difficulty swallowing or are drooling.

7.     If you cough up blood.

8.     If you are passing little or no urine.

9.     If you are feeling a lot worse.


Less serious signs that can usually wait until the next available medical appointment:

10.   If you are not starting to improve a little by the time given in ‘Most are better by’.

11.   Children with middle-ear infection: if fluid is coming out of their ears or they have new deafness.

Mild side effects such as diarrhoea: seek medical attention if you are concerned.


  • Colds, most coughs, sinusitis, ear infections, sore throats, and other infections often get better without antibiotics, as your body can usually fight these infections on its own.
  •  Taking any antibiotics makes bacteria that live inside your body more resistant. This means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
  •   Antibiotics can cause side effects such as rashes, thrush, stomach pains, diarrhoea, reactions to sunlight, other symptoms; or being sick if you drink alcohol with the antibiotic metronidazole.
  • Find out more about how you can make better use of antibiotics and help keep this vital treatment effective by visiting