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    Your Surroundings

    Use a cool-mist humidifier at night. The added moisture in your bedroom will keep the air, your nose, and your throat from getting too dry.

    Stay away from tobacco smoke. It can irritate the lining of your throat and make pain worse, even if you breathe in another smoker's fumes.

    When to See Your Doctor

    Give them a call if:

    • Your sore throat is severe or lasts longer than a week.
    • You have a fever of 101 F or higher.
    • You have trouble breathing or swallowing. This could be an emergency.
    • There's blood in your saliva or phlegm.
    • You have jaw or ear pain.