Sore throat

Having a sore throat is very common, and there is usually no reason to worry about it. They usually go away on their own within a week.

Taking care of a sore throat on your own

You can relieve a sore throat and shorten how long it lasts by:

  • Using warm, salty water (not recommended for children)
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Eat soft or cool foods
  • Smoke and smoke-filled places should be avoided
  • Ice cubes, ice lollies, and hard sweets are good for suckling – but do not let young children eat anything small and hard to swallow because they could choke
  • plenty of rest

You can reduce the discomfort and pain of a sore throat by:

  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • You can use anaesthetic sprays and medicated lozenges (although there is little evidence that they work). These can be purchased without a prescription

If you have any of the following symptoms, consult a healthcare professional:

  • You still have a sore throat after a week
  • you get sore throats quiet often
  • you feel very hot and shivery or you have a very high temperature
  • you have a week immune system

A long-lasting or a sever sore throat could be something like a bacterial infection (such as strep throat)
Arrange a call with a doctor or nurse by calling 111.


Antibiotics are not usually prescribed for sore throats because they won’t usually relieve your symptoms or hasten your recovery. Antibiotics will only be prescribed if you have a bacterial infection.

If you have any of the following call 999:

  • drooling
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • stridor (making a high-pitched sound when you breathe)
  • your symptoms are getting worse or are sever

Alternatively we at Manchester Pharmacy and Health Clinic can see you for a private booking.

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