A sore throat is a common condition that is caused by an infection. You can develop a sore throat if you have a flu-like illness. Soreness is only one symptom; you can also have a mild cough, a hoarse voice, headaches, fever, tiredness, and pain when you swallow. A sore throat gradually gets worse and then slowly goes away within 6 to 10 days. When you swallow, the discomfort is caused by acid reflux and is often manageable, but if symptoms are severe, medications are required. Medications to treat the condition can be bought in supermarkets and pharmacies. It is also helpful to soothe a sore throat. Boiled sweets and ice lollies can provide temporary relief, as well. Some gargles and sprays can be bought without a prescription to treat a sore throat. However, they only ease the symptoms and don't treat the condition or shorten it. If you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, or pain in the jaw, you should seek medical attention. These can be signs of a more serious condition.
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