Drink plenty of liquids, gargle with warm salt water, and if over 4 years old, try sucking on lozenges. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may ease pain. Don't give children aspirin.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • The person is drooling or has difficulty swallowing
  • The person has trouble breathing

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Symptoms last a week or longer in adults
  • The person has a fever, rash or joint pain
  • There is blood in phlegm or saliva

Last Updated Nov 20, 2019

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