Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about and in most cases get better within a week.
There is generally no need to see your GP for a sore throat, there are a number of ways you can help to soothe a sore throat at home:
• Gargle with warm salty water (children should not try this)
• Drink plenty of water but avoid hot drinks
• Eat cool or soft foods
• Avoid smoking and smoky places
• Suck ice cubes, ice lollies or hard-boiled sweets (don’t give these to children as they are a choking hazard)
Your local Pharmacist can also offer advice and over-the-counter treatments. You can find your nearest Pharmacy at www.nhs.uk
(GP’s don’t usually prescribe antibiotics for sore throats because they won’t relieve your symptoms or speed up your recovery).
When to see your GP
• If your sore throat doesn’t improve after a week
• If you often get sore throats
• If you have a sore throat and a very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery
• If you have a weakened immune system – for example because of Chemotherapy or diabetes