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Sore Throat

By: Jennifer Cline,
Tues, Oct 11, 2021

A sore throat is very common and can seem to “come out of nowhere”. However, even though it can be painful and uncomfortable, thankfully it is typically nothing to worry about.

Most sore throats will get better on their own in a few days. Up to 8 out of 10 sore throats are caused by viruses, such as those that cause the cold or flu.

A sore throat can last for several days, but the first 3 days are typically the worst. Whether the sore throat is viral or bacterial; the inflammation of the throat tissues is the cause of the pain. Our bodies immune response to fight the infection is inflammation. Therefore, the sore throat is telling us that the body is working hard to fight the infection.

Antibiotics DO NOT work against viruses and since 8 out of 10 sore throats are viral, antibiotics are NOT recommended. Antibiotics do not contain any pain-relieving effects; therefore, your sore throat will remain painful with or without antibiotics. When antibiotics are given they can disrupt the good bacteria in your gut; which is essential for your health and good immune support.


  • Drink plenty of fluids (avoid caffeine, carbonated beverages and acidic beverages)
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Use over-the-counter symptom management medications such as lozenges and sprays and pain relievers.

Follow up with a Provider if your sore throat is more than 3 days AND accompanied by fever, headache, rash, swelling, nausea or vomiting.