A sore throat can be the result of a bacterial infection such as strep throat or it can develop as the result of a viral infection. Allergies, post nasal drip and mouth breathing, leading to throat dryness can cause throat pain. Serious conditions, such as throat cancer or AIDS, can lead to a painful throat, as well.
Medications can also lead to throat pain, including those that cause candida or thrush and chemotherapy preparations.
You can treat your symptoms at home with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Throat sprays that numb your throat can also help provide temporary symptom relief. Gargling with a warm salt water mix can help to relieve the pain. If you resort to throat lozenges or hard candies, do not give these to small children because of the danger of choking.
If your sore throat results from open-mouth breathing, using a humidifier can help you.
If you have a fever and pus in your throat, schedule an appointment with your doctor and ask for a strep test. This is one condition that must be treated under medical supervision and with antibiotics. To learn more about sore throat, read our Bright Hub guides.
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