Talk:Sore throat

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Stub-classify or redirect to "Acute pharyngitis"[edit]

This article is really of stub length and gives very little info. It also is essentially an article on the layman's term for "pharyngitis" and should probably have its text deleted and turned into a redirect to "Acute pharyngitis." I cede that it is POSSIBLE to have a sore throat from a non-viral/non-bacterial cause - throat cancer or chemical/physical abrasion - but this is not what people are likely thinking about when they visit this page, nor does this article have any interesting info on these other causes. user:npatchett (medical student) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:18, 31 March 2010 (UTC)


One way to find a cure from a sore throat is to make up some mint tea, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of sugar(less is okay), a teaspoon and a half of lemon juice, one garlic clove chopped up, and a few shakes of cayenne pepper. It sounds gross, but it's actually pretty good! It helps A LOT!!! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:05, 23 September 2011 (UTC)

Error in favor of US[edit]

When I was reading this, a sentence said "In the United States there are about 2.4 million emergency department visits with throat-related complaints per year." English Wikipedia isn't for just the US. English Wikipedia is for Britan, Canada, Australia and all other English speaking countries out there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by McBenjamin (talkcontribs) 18:42, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Steroids should not be used to treat sore throat pain[edit]

This article almost killed me. I had strep and was (I found out later was not optimal) given amoxicillin- the severe pain of sore throat persisted- I could not eat or drink and had to spit into a cup due to the horrific pain. Yet upon return to the doctor (one of these walk-in types) I tested negative for sore throat. Doc said it was just viral. For days even after antibiotic treatment horrific terrible throat pain persisted and continued to test negatived for strep. So I asked for steroids based on this article for the pain. He gave me prednisone. The sore throat pain slightly ameliorated but eventually worsened again. When I finished 5 days of prednisone, I called the doc for more because it helped slightly with the pain (though still unbearable - could not swallow saiva, eat or drink). Luckily he was out and would not give me more steroids - he could not see me for 2 days. I was going to take some more steroids I had in the house from an old prescription because the pain was so bad. Note it was late night, no doctors seemed to be available,luckily found an ENT specialist who sees people in the late hours of the night. He took one look at me- and said I had a very serious Peritonsillar abscess that had to be immediately drained. ENT said if I had continued to take the steroids and not treat properly, I would have likely died soon. Steroid makes the infection worse and reduces immunity. ENT specialist said clearly steroids should not be taken for pain of strep/sore throat. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:42, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

I also had similar reaction now when I was reading the article as why steroid is mentioned here that too in the second line. It seems that it is beacuse of the refernce, this information is not removed. However, I feel that it needs to be removed and I am removing the steroid related section. Thanks. -- Abhijeet Safai (talk) 17:50, 24 September 2014 (UTC)