Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better within a week.

Most are caused by minor illnesses such as colds or flu and can be treated at home.

This page covers:

Treatments and remedies

Causes of a sore throat

When to get medical advice

When to get emergency help

Content supplied by the NHS Website

Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 11 Jul 2016