Sore throat

Sore throats are a common discomfort often associated with viral infections such as the cold or flu, or as a consequence of smoking. In rare cases, bacterial infections can also be the culprit.

Symptoms of Sore throat

Recognizing the symptoms of a sore throat is crucial for appropriate management:

Children may experience similar symptoms, but they may also manifest a fever and appear less active. Monitoring these signs in children is essential for timely intervention and proper care.

For individuals aged 5 years and older, antibiotic treatment can be considered in cases of bacterial-induced sore throats. It's important to note that antibiotics are not effective against viral infections, and their use should be determined by a healthcare professional based on the specific cause of the sore throat. Seeking medical advice is crucial for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

How it works

Step 1

You book a free appointment with one of our NHS trained consultants.

Step 2

A consultant will review your request and call you back within 20 minutes.

Step 3

We will carry out a FREE consultation in-store or remotely.

How long will this take?

The sore throat will take between 10-15 minutes.

Where is this service available?

The free service is available in any of our branches, or remotely depending on how you wish to book the consultation with us.

In summary, sore throats can arise from various causes, with viral infections and smoking being common triggers. Recognizing the symptoms, including painful swallowing and swollen neck glands, is important for seeking timely medical attention. Antibiotic treatment may be recommended for bacterial infections in individuals aged 5 years and older, emphasising the importance of consulting with a healthcare professional for personalised care and guidance.

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    The Pharmacy First is a free service expanding upon the existing self-care advice and assistance available from pharmacy teams, empowering skilled pharmacists to offer guidance and, when suitable, treatment for seven common conditions. No prescription is required for conditions such as earache, sore throat, impetigo, shingles, sinusitis, uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in women, and infected insect bites and stings. This hassle-free approach enables individuals to address minor health concerns conveniently, eliminating the need for a GP visit. Our committed pharmacists are ready to provide assistance in the discretion of a dedicated consultation room.