Sore Throat

Micro-organism

75% viral - Avoid antibiotics as 82% resolve in 7 days without antibiotics. Use FeverPAIN score.

Link to NICE guidance

Notes

You need to give 4000 patients antibiotics to prevent 1 episode of quinsy.

Advise on self care and give advice on what to do if condition worsens.

Consider antibacterial, if history of valvular heart disease, if marked systemic upset, if peritonisllar cellulitis or abscess, or if at increased risk from acute infection (e.g. immunocompromised, cystic fibrosis).