Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better within a week and most are caused by minor illnesses such as colds and flu.
There are things you can do at home to help relieve the symptoms. Paracetamol and ibuprofen (if it is safe for you to take it) can help relieve the pain of a sore throat and can reduce your fever if you have one. Drinking plenty of cool or warm fluids can help releive symptoms as can eating soft foods. Gargling with a homemade mouthwash of warm, salty water can also be helpful.
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Content adapted from NHS Choices