when the throat is sore and swallowing becomes painful, simple warm water gargles with salt or Listerine would help u.For pain paracetamol, 500 mgm every 6 hrs. would be good. If there is fever and/or ear pain get a GP to examine you. Try this for 3 days, failing which u need to be seen by a GP. The cause of sore-throat is very variable from eating ice to singing high-pitched notes, to routine viral and bacterial infections. Caution if there is a rash don t delay a GP consultation !