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In the absence of the streptococcus
, it could be an acute viral infection. You need to act fast and start taking appropriate medicines.
Simple home remedies
can alleviate your problems. Drink plenty of warm water, avoid excessive hot or chilled beverages, coffee and oily food. Do gargles with povidone iodine
solution 3-4 times every day after food. An anti-inflammatory medicine such as diclofenac or ibuprofen will help in reducing the pain and an antibiotic (such as a combination of amoxycillin
and clavulanic acid
or cefuroxime) will take care of the secondary bacterial infection if any. If the pain hinders swallowing a short course of oral steroids will help in reducing the pain.
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon