Seaton Park Medical Group
Ashington and Newbiggin
Telephone 01670 811811

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Sore Throats

Most sore throats are caused by a virus infection which antibiotics cannot cure. With simple treatment, the patient normally gets better in four to five days. Sometimes a sore throat may occur with a cold. In epidemics of ‘flu’ there may be dryness of the throat, pain on coughing, and loss of voice.

Tonsillitis usually starts with a sore throat and pain on swallowing. There may be a rise in temperature and the patient is usually obviously under the weather. It may be possible to see the swollen tonsils with white spots on them. The lymph glands on the neck may also swell. These swellings are the body’s normal response to infection and help prevent the infection from getting further.

Treatment for Children

Young children should be given Paracetamol (eg Calpol, Paracetamol mixture, Junior Disprin etc) every four hours in the right dose for their age. Encourage children to drink plenty of fluids and do not force the child to eat. Do not give aspirin to children under 12 years.

Treatment for Adults

Asprin to help relieve the pain and the temperature. Use soluble asprin dissolved in water and gargle before swallowing. Repeat every four hours (over 12 years of age only)
Drink encourage the patient to drink plenty.
Food should not be forced on a patient who does not want to eat.

When to see the doctor:

  • If the sore throat is still getting worse after 2 days
  • If the patient or parent is unduly worried
  • If the patient has difficulty breathing
  • If the patient has difficulty taking fluids
  • If the patient has increasing facial pain or headache