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Cold & Flu Prevention Center

10 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat

These easy, non-prescription remedies can help ease soreness and scratchiness fast.
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Antibiotics

Every once and a while—about 10% of the time in adults—a sore throat will be caused by a bacterial infection such as Streptococcus pyogenes. If, and only if, you test positive for strep throat or another bacterial infection, your doctor should prescribe an antibiotic. (Taking antibiotics for a sore throat caused by a virus will not be effective.)

Always take the full course of medicine, even if you feel better after a few days.

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