Sore Throat

Causes:

Viral infections such as flu, colds, or mononucleosis (mono); bacterial infections such as strep; allergies; irritants such as smoke, vocal stress, or coughing.

Treatment:

Rest, salt water gargles (1 tsp. salt in glass of warm water), acetaminophen or ibuprofen, throat lozenges. Avoid irritating substances. If the cause is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are necessary; but if the cause is viral, antibiotics will not help. If sore throat lasts more than 48 hours or if you see white spots on your throat, see a healthcare provider. To make an appointment at Student Health & Wellness, call 319-335-8394.

Prevention:

Get plenty of rest, eat well, and avoid irritating substances.