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A sore throat is a common health issue associated with various conditions—often colds. In most cases, the cause is viral rather than a bacteria-born infection. Many find that their sore throat goes away within a week as the body's immune system gets to work, so they do not need to take any medication. Even though it is usually safe to wait for the situation to correct itself, there are some helpful treatments for sore throat that reduce the pain and speed up healing. If your sore throat persists and other symptoms like fever present themselves, it’s best to see a doctor.

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1. Take antibiotics

Antibiotics are only effective against infections caused by bacteria, so in most cases of a sore throat, they can’t help. Even if bacteria is the cause of a sore throat, the antibiotic medication is unable to relieve the pain. At best, it might reduce the length of time the illness continues by a day or so. Given their ineffectiveness as a cure, the majority of people should not consider this treatment. For people who face risks of complications from certain conditions, a course of antibiotics can play a useful preventative role. In such cases, it’s important to visit a healthcare provider.

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