Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better within 7 to 10 days. Most sore throats are caused by minor illnesses such as colds or flu and can be treated at home.
If your sore throat is severe or you have a persistent sore throat that hasn't started to improve after a week, visit your local Pharmacy for the sore throat test and treat service.
This service is available to help determine whether a sore throat is being caused by a viral or bacterial infection so you can get expert advice and treatment quickly without having to visit your GP.
You will have a consultation with a Pharmacist, who will use a set of structured questions and possibly a swab test to determine the cause of your sore throat. If your sore throat is determined to be a viral infection which antibiotics will not treat, the Pharmacist can advise on steps to take to recover. The Pharmacist can also provide antibiotics if the test reveals a bacterial infection.
A list of Pharmacies offering the sore throat test and treat service can be found below:
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