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Cough, Cold & Sore Throat

Sore throats can be caused by viruses or bacteria. The most common causes of sore throats are viruses. Viral sore throats are often accompanied by other cold symptoms that may include a runny nose, cough, red or watery eyes, and sneezing. Other causes of sore throat include smoking, pollution or irritants in the air, allergies, and dry air.

Most sore throats are from a virus and  often gets better or goes away after the first day or two on it's own. 

Most of the time, even people who think they have “Strep Throat” actually have a viral throat infection.


The bad news: antibiotics do not work on viruses.
The good news: Your body will fight off the virus on its own, usually within 5-10 days.

Check out the videos below to learn more 


  • diarrhea, vomiting, and upset stomach

  • rashes

  • more severe allergic reactions

  • resistance to antibiotics in future infections when they might really be needed.


We understand that you are sick and want to feel better! Unfortunately, in most cases, there is nothing a doctor can prescribe you that will get you better any faster.

Most of the time, you do not need to see a doctor. Your body simply needs time to fight off the infection. In the mean time, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better.



  • Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Throat sprays, such as Cepacol, are very good at relieving sore throats. You can simply re-spray as needed.

  • Nasal Saline flushes or Neti Pots are very good at relieving nasal congestion and sinus discomfort.

  • Studies show that Vicks VapoRub can reduce cough & cold symptoms. Some people even find it helpful to run over their sinus areas.

  • All of these treatments are available over-the-counter from the pharmacy. You do not need to see your doctor for a prescription. You can also ask your local pharmacist for other useful products.



  • Severe or persistent fever.

  • If you have trouble breathing or wheezing – especially if you are a smoker, have chronic bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, asthma, or other lung problems.

  • If your symptoms are getting worse after 7-10 days.

  • If you are experiencing the 'worst sore throat you have ever had', but no stuffy nose and no cough (this may be a true “Strep throat).”

  • If your sore throat is much worse on one side, or if you have trouble opening your jaw, or turning your neck.

  • If you are very unwell, or have any other concerning symptoms.

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