Mild to severe throat pain, with or without swollen neck glands. The inside of the throat and/or tonsils could turn bright red or could be marked by white spots.
Measures for Self-Care
- Mix one-fourth teaspoon of salt in half a cup of warm water. Gargle every few hours with this mixture, preparing it afresh each time.
- Drink plenty of warm liquids, such as tea and soup.
- Don't smoke at all.
- Avoid eating spicy or hot foods.
- Suck on a medicated lozenge frequently.
- Take an over-the-counter medicine for relieving the pain and/or fever.
- Sore throat that occurs along with: fever; swollen, enlarged neck glands; headache; chest, or ear pain; bad breath; skin rashes; abdominal pain; vomiting; or discharge of dark urine.
- The back of the throat turning very red or developing white spots.
- A mild sore throat that lasts for more than two weeks.
- Extreme difficulty while breathing or if the lips turn purple.
- Inability to swallow your own saliva.