Sore Throats are common and Group A streptococcus (Strep A) causes 15-30% of sore throats in children and 5-15% in adults. Yet studies suggest 62% of cases of acute sore throats are treated with antibiotics, despite usually resolving with no intervention. If you are looking for treatment for sore throat in Bebington, pop into our pharmacy.
The Pharmacy can conduct a test to detect Strep A in the throat, potentially reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics and the 1.2 million doctor consultations per year for sore throats.
If the test is negative, indicative of a non-bacterial cause of a sore throat, appropriate self-treatment medicines can be sold.
If the test is positive, indicative of a bacterial cause of a sore throat, The Pharmacy can prescribe you a course of antibiotics and appropriate self-treatment medicines.
How you can treat this naturally
To help soothe a sore throat and shorten how long it lasts, you can:
- gargle with warm, salty water
- drink plenty of water
- eat cool or soft foods such as sorbet
- avoid smoking or smoky places
- suck ice cubes, ice lollies or hard sweets – please avoid giving young children anything small and hard to suck because of the risk of choking
- get lots of rest
- sip on lemon, honey and ginger tea
The cost of this service is £10.
To find out more about getting the Strep A Test for Sore Throat in Bebington please contact our team. we are here to help you.