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Sore Throat
You’d say ouch, but even that hurts

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When your throat is scratchy and even talking hurts, you just want relief. Read on to learn more about why your throat hurts and what to do to feel better.

What causes a sore throat?

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Sore throats are caused by many different factors, but the most common cause is a viral infection, like a cold or the flu. Because antibiotics can’t effectively treat a viral infection, you will usually feel better on your own with home treatment, after a few days.

Other illnesses can cause sore throats, including bacterial infections. Because a sore throat has many possible causes, it’s important to see your doctor if your symptoms get worse or are especially painful.

How to help a sore throat

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There are things you can do to soothe your sore throat, probably without having to leave your house.

If your throat is in pain, try:

  • Gargling with salt water
  • Using a humidifier or vaporizer to keep your throat moist
  • Placing a warm heating pad over your throat
  • Eating ice cream, popsicles or ice chips
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Using a saline nasal spray or a neti pot

How Mucinex® products can help

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Some Mucinex® products contain an analgesic, acetaminophen, which will help to relieve your sore throat pain.

Your sore throat treatment will depend on its cause. See your doctor for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

Use as directed.


When Should I Call My Doctor?

  1. If your sore throat gets worse or lasts more than 2 days
  2. If your sore throat is accompanied by fever, headache, nausea or vomiting
  3. If you develop a skin reaction or rash
  4. If your symptoms do not improve with over-the-counter medication

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