Sore Throat

Visit your local Allied Pharmacy to take advantage of our health services.

About this service

Sore throats are a common ailment that usually heals without the need for medication. However, there are times when a sore throat can be a cause of concern and the need for medical intervention is required. With Pharmacy First, any pharmacist can instantly assess your symptoms and provide you with appropriate advice and treatment. 


What does a sore throat look like? 

A sore throat can affect people in alternative ways. For example, some people may experience all or a few of the symptoms that cause a sore throat, like: 

  • Pain when swallowing 
  • A scratchy or dry throat  
  • A red appearance in the back of the throat 
  • Bad breath 
  • A moderate cough 
  • Swollen glands in the neck  

Children can experience similar symptoms, but in addition, they too can suffer with a high temperature and appear as less active. 


Who can get a sore throat? 

Anyone can experience a sore throat at any age or time in life. Often, a sore throat can be caused by tonsillitis, which mostly impacts children, however, is not limited to teenagers or adults. 

Why do I have a sore throat?

There are many reasons as to why people get a sore throat, yet below are a few examples that can inflict this common ailment: 

    • Smoking  
    • Viruses like the cold or flu 
    • Laryngitis (caused by allergies, acid reflux, coughing and clearing your throat over extended periods of time) 
    • Tonsillitis  
    • Strep throat (caused by Streptococcus A, a form of bacteria infecting the tonsils and throat) 
    • Glandular fever (caused by the Epstein-Barr virus spread through saliva) 
    • Covid-19 


    When does a sore throat go away? 

    A sore throat can be an unnecessary nuisance bringing about pain and discomfort. Therefore, finding the best medicine or remedy to kill a sore throat is key! 

    On its own a sore throat can be cured within a week, however with treatment this can quicken the time it takes to kill. Listed, are at-home treatments you can try to soothe a sore throat:  

    • Gargling warm and salty water in your mouth (it is advised that children should not do this) 
    • Up the amount of liquids, you drink  
    • Only eat soft or cool foods  
    • Stop smoking or smoky surroundings  
    • Do not suck on ice cubes, lollies, or hard sweets (do not give this to young children as they could potentially choke)  
    • Lots of rest! 


    How does Pharmacy First help? 

    With the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, pharmacists can be your first point of call for help and relief from a sore throat. If you feel you require further treatment, pharmacists are available to provide you with over the counter or prescription-only medications. This can include:  

    • Paracetamol and ibuprofen  
    • Medicated lozenges (this would contain a local anaesthetic, antiseptic or anti-inflammatory treatment) 
    • Anaesthetic spray  
    • Antibiotics (this is only given if you have a bacterial infection)  

    Those who are aged 5 years and above can access this new service by heading down to your nearest pharmacy for instant advice and treatment. 

    Where do I go for help? 

    Wherever you are, whether it be at home or the park, you can easily find your nearest Allied Pharmacy on our website by typing in your postcode. Once you have entered in your location, our map will zoom in and show our nearest pharmacies to you. There is no need to worry about booking an appointment or giving us a heads up before your visit, as with Pharmacy First, our pharmacists will be ready to assist you. 

    Locations offering this service

    Acklam Road Pharmacy

    89 Acklam Road, Middlesborough,
    TS5 5HR

    Get directions

    Allied Pharmacy - Gloucester

    28 Southgate Street, Gloucester,
    GL1 2DP

    Get directions

    Allied Pharmacy - Green Lane

    17 Green Lane, Tuebrook, Liverpool,
    L13 7DT

    Get directions

    Find us on social media

    Call us on 01744 813306

    Allied Pharmacies, Unit 18, Bold Industrial Park Neills Road, St Helens Merseyside, WA9 4TU