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A sore throat is a common symptom of a number of illnesses ranging from the common cold to glandular fever.
When bacteria or viruses infect the tissues at the back and sides of the throat, the body then tries to fight the infection, which can cause the glands (lymph nodes) in the neck to swell and become tender.
While sore throats can be painful and cause discomfort when swallowing, most are caused by a virus and will go away within a few days without needing medication. However, sometimes a sore throat can be a sign of something more serious and may require treatment with an antibiotic.
Maori and Pacific Island children are at high risk of developing rheumatic fever and should see a doctor if they show any signs of sore throat.
For everyone else, you should see your GP or nurse if symptoms are not improving after 48 hours.
Your local Life Pharmacy stocks a range of lozenges and pain medication – talk to the Pharmacist about the products that are right for you and your family.
Autumn is the perfect time to get your mind, body and spirit healthy and happy so when winter hits, no matter what life throws at you, you’re robust enough to weather any storms.