Treatment of Sore Throat

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;81(1):4. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00750050009002.
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The season of sore throats is upon us, and the otolaryngologist may be the first physician consulted by such a patient. Timely and helpful is the first article of a new department in the Journal of the American Medical Association, entitled "Clinical Management."1

A few simple rules and important principles of treatment should be kept in mind whenever a patient presents an acute tonsillitis or pharyngitis. It has been established that acute rheumatic fever with its serious potential cardiac involvement and acute glomerulonephritis with its equally serious potential end result follow infection by the group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus, nearly always in the form of a sore throat, either a tonsillitis or a pharyngitis. Both of these dangerous complications are preventable by adequate treatment with penicillin or erythromycin. The problem for the physician is to differentiate the more common viral pharyngitis, for which there is no specific treatment, from


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