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Sore Throat

Sore throat also known as pharyngitis is very common. It is normally caused by an infection in your throat. The infection is most commonly a virus, but can also be caused by bacteria. 

The symptoms tend to go away after a few days and you can use simple over the counter remedies to relieve your symptoms. 

We are now offering free consultations at both our Southall and Hillingdon branch, where you can be assessed by our expert team. Our service, through the NHS Pharmacy First scheme means you can simply walk in and have an appointment on the same day. 

Sore Throat Symptoms

Pain in the throat is the most common symptom. However, you may also have the following: 

  • A mild cough
  • A fever
  • A headache
  • Mild nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty swallowing

Think Pharmacy First

If you cannot get to the GP, our team at Puri Pharmacy can help. We are experts in common conditions and can support you and your family if you have a sore throat. We can see patients who have a sore throat from age 5+. Simply walk into the Pharmacy and ask to speak to the Pharmacist

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Antibiotics for Sore Throat

Most cases do not require antibiotics. Antibiotics make little difference to how long symptoms last as a sore throat is often caused by a virus. 

Our expert Pharmacists will assess you and your symptoms to see if you require antibiotics or an alternative treatment. 

You can book an appointment or simply walk into our Southall and Hillingdon branch for expert care. 

How to get rid of a sore throat

Most sore throat infections are mild and will get soon without any treatment. Simple remedies can help your symptoms, such as: 

  • Painkillers
  • Hydration
  • Lozenges
  • Sprays
You can now read our blog, written by our in house experts on how to treat a sore throat. 

Learn more about Pharmacy First

Our new NHS Pharmacy First Service lets you book a free appointment for a range of common conditions. You can simply walk in to our Southall or Hillingdon branch or call us directly.

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The consultation is completely free. If we prescribe you any medicines, your prescription will be free if you are exempt. If you normally pay for your prescriptions, you will have to pay the standard NHS charge. 

We can see adults and children aged 5 years and over