A sore throat is a common ailment, especially so in colder seasons, but for the majority of people the symptom are minor and brief. A sore throat is generally an irritation in a part of your throat which often leaves a rough sensation of pain when you swallow. They are usually caused by a minor illness, but if the sore throat persists then there may be an alternative cause. A common illness which causes a prolonged sore throat is glandular fever. The possible causes of prolonged symptoms are numerous; however some of the more common causes include smoking, allergies, a constant/long term cough or a virus.
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When faced with a prolonged sore throat it is widely recommended that painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen in order to lessen the pain and therefore make it more bearable. Some useful tips are to avoid very hot food, avoid harsh drinks: for example drinks with high sugar content, avoid smoking and to use a mouthwash consisting of warm, salty water. This is in order to reduce pain and swelling.
The most sensible and usually the most effective way of ridding of yourself of a prolonged sore throat is to see your local doctor. From there you can receive a general diagnosis of your problem and depending on what the cause/causes are can either prescribe you something or refer you to a specialist.
A prolonged sore throat can be a major hindrance in your day to day life but luckily it is very rarely a serious problem. The majority of the time a long lasting sore throat simply dissipates in time. But even if seeing a specialist it is still recommended that the pointers shown above are followed.