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GPs told to use paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throats

 

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GPs told to use paracetamol not antibiotics for sore throats

The majority of sore throats do not need antibiotics and medicated lozenges may only help to reduce pain by a small amount, NICE says.

Final guidance, developed by NICE and Public Health England, advises GP and healthcare professionals how they should treat sore throat, a common respiratory tract infection.

Respiratory tract infections are one of the main reasons people visit their GP, or seek help from a pharmacist. Of all the GP appointments made in the UK for respiratory tract infections, 27% are for a sore throat.