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Gargling with a mixture of warm salt water and baking soda will have a soothing effect; however, if you have an infection, such as strep, this will be of little benefit in making your sore throat go away.
In general, signs and symptoms of strep throat include:
If your sore throat continues, consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. If you have strep, you will likely receive a prescription of an oral antibiotic such as penicillin, amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox), azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), clindamycin (Cleocin) or a brand of cephalosporin (Keflex, Ceclor).
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