Warm or cool mist may help you feel more comfortable by soothing the swollen air passages. It may also relieve hoarseness. But don't let your room become uncomfortably cold or very damp.
If you don't have a humidifier, use a shallow pan of water to provide moisture in the air through evaporation. Place the pan in a safe location where no one will trip on it or fall into it.
Drape a towel over your head and breathe the steam
from a pan or sink of hot water. Be careful to avoid burns from the hot water
Nonprescription medicines that relieve pain may help
relieve some symptoms of
strep throat, but they will not make you better any
Acetaminophen will help relieve pain and reduce
fever caused by strep throat.
Aspirin or ibuprofen will also help. Follow all directions on the label. If you give medicine to your baby, follow your doctor's advice about what amount to give. Do not give
aspirin to anyone younger than 20, because it has been linked to
Anesthetic throat sprays
numb the throat area to help relieve pain.
Nonprescription throat lozenges can also help you feel better.
Some nonprescription throat lozenges, such as Sucrets Maximum Strength or Spec-T, are safe and effective and have medicine (local anesthetic) that numbs the throat to soothe pain.
Regular cough drops or hard candies help some people.
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