A sore throat can be a side effect of a cold or allergy, or signal something more serious such as strep throat or tonsillitis. A lingering sore throat should be evaluated by a doctor.
Meanwhile, the American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for how you can help ease sore throat pain:
- Gargle with a warm salt water solution.
- Suck on a throat-soothing lozenge or a hard candy.
- Suck on a Popsicle, or similar frozen dessert.
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Run a humidifier.
- Take a pain reliever such as ibuprofen, naproxen or acetaminophen.