There are few things more irritating, and more likely to disrupt a busy work schedule, than a painful sore throat. The condition can be accompanied by a typical head cold (which might also include a cough and stuffed nose) or it can be part of strep throat, a significant throat infection.
Either way, you’ll want to explore ways to relieve the scratchy, aggravating and often painful sensation that comes along with it. Here are a few ways to treat that nagging sore throat…
1. Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
Whether you’ve got a headache or a nagging lower back, there’s a good chance the first thing you’ll reach for is that bottle of Aspirin. Anti-inflammatory treatments–like Aspirin or Tylenol (acetaminophen), Advil (ibuprofen), or Aleve (naproxen)—are a reasonable first option when treating a sore throat.
However, it’s important that you always read and follow all directions on the drug’s bottle and box. If you find that you’re taking the recommended dosage and it’s still not enough to deal with a nagging sore throat, you should probably see your doctor about a more advanced treatment, according to research on WebMd.com. Parents should also consider using an anti-inflammatory drug specifically designed for children when treating a sick kid.