Sore Throat

ExitCare ImageA sore throat is a painful, burning, sore, or scratchy feeling of the throat. There may be pain or tenderness when swallowing or talking. You may have other symptoms with a sore throat. These include coughing, sneezing, fever, or a swollen neck. A sore throat is often the first sign of another sickness. These sicknesses may include a cold, flu, strep throat, or an infection called mono. Most sore throats go away without medical treatment.


  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Rest as needed.

  • Try using throat sprays, lozenges, or suck on hard candy (if older than 4 years or as told).

  • Sip warm liquids, such as broth, herbal tea, or warm water with honey. Try sucking on frozen ice pops or drinking cold liquids.

  • Rinse the mouth (gargle) with salt water. Mix 1 teaspoon salt with 8 ounces of water.

  • Do not smoke. Avoid being around others when they are smoking.

  • Put a humidifier in your bedroom at night to moisten the air. You can also turn on a hot shower and sit in the bathroom for 5–10 minutes. Be sure the bathroom door is closed.


  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You cannot swallow fluids, soft foods, or your spit (saliva).

  • You have more puffiness (swelling) in the throat.

  • Your sore throat does not get better in 7 days.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) and throw up (vomit).

  • You have a fever or lasting symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You have a fever and your symptoms suddenly get worse.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.