What information about pharyngitis (sore throat) should patients receive?

Updated: May 06, 2020
  • Author: John R Acerra, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Patients must be instructed to complete the full course of antibiotic therapy, as improvement may occur rapidly.

  • Patients should be instructed to follow up when indicated (see Further Outpatient Care).

  • Patients with infectious mononucleosis should be instructed to avoid contact sports for a period of 6 weeks because of the possibility of splenic rupture.

  • Patients should be educated about symptomatic treatment of pharyngitis.

    • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended for analgesia.

    • Saltwater gargle, warm liquids, and rest may be helpful in relieving symptoms.

  • For patient education resources, see the Infections Center. Also see the patient education articles Sore Throat and Mononucleosis.

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