Frequently Asked Questions
Book an appointment if you or your child have symptoms of sore throat. They may need to test you or your child for strep throat.
Also see a pharmacist if you or your child have any of the following:
Blood in saliva or phlegm
Excessive drooling (in young children)
Joint swelling and pain
This list is not all-inclusive.
A sore throat is usually caused by a virus and will typically go away on its own with minor treatments as cold symptoms lessen, while strep throat is a bacterial infection that must be treated by antibiotics.
- Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg tablets
- Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg – 250mg oral solution or oral suspension
- Clarithromycin 250mg – 500mg tablets/ Clarithromycin 125mg/5mL oral suspension (or oral solution)
- Erythromycin 250mg – 500mg tablets or Erythromycin 125mg oral suspension or oral solution
The length of time you’re contagious for after having a viral infection depends on the type of virus involved.
Sore throat caused by allergies, toxins or trauma is not contagious. Sore throat caused by viruses and bacteria (which are the most common causes of sore throat) is usually contagious as long as symptoms are present and 5 to 7 days after the symptoms resolve.
This Pharmacy First Service gives you the option of visiting your local Pharmacy+Health branch and get a consultation from our pharmacist for common conditions. Advice is always free and where necessary they can supply medicines. The NHS prescription charge or patient exemption also applies to medicines supplied through the Pharmacy First Service. Those who are exempt from prescription charges for NHS will receive medication free of charge.