Sore Throat

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Swollen and/or red tonsils
  • Pain in throat with swallowing
  • May or may not have fever
  • White spots or patches on tonsils
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Increase in size and soreness of glands in the neck


Treatment suggestions:

  • Over the counter pain relievers and fever reducers (i.e. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve)) taken as directed on the bottle)
  • Warm salt water gargles
  • Throat lozenges or sprays
  • Increase liquids (water, warm tea with honey, etc)


When to visit Student Health Services:

Sore throats can be caused by a variety of issues including viruses, bacteria, smoking, polluted or dry air, stomach acid reflux, hay fever or other allergies. Sometimes over the counter medicines and home remedies work well for treatment, while other times a prescription medication may be needed. Trying the above treatments listed for the first couple days is often the best approach, and if there is no relief, schedule an appointment with a medical provider at Student Health Services for an evaluation.

If you experience any of the following issues, schedule an appointment with Student Health Services right away.

  • Severe or prolonged sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Joint aches
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • High fever over 101 degrees
  • Hoarseness over 1-2 weeks
  • Blood in saliva