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can i take ibuprofen for a sore throat

Hi im 16 years old and i had this really bad sore throat for the last 3 days it hurt when i swallow and everything , I have some ibuprofen that was given to me by a doctor for another reason but do you think i can take it for my sore throat?
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ibuprofen wont do much for a sore throat, if you take a tylenol or something with acetomenophen it is an anti-inflammatory and will bring the swelling down off your throat...try gargling salt water and drip honey down the back of your throat...and if you dont feel better in one or two days...go to the doctor you might need some anti-biotics
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If this happens again try taking garlic pills or eating foods with garlic in them.

Garlic does indeed have scientifically-proven medicinal properties.  It contains a substance called Allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties that are equivalent to a weak penicillin.  It appears that cooked garlic weakens the anti-bacterial effects considerably, however, so don't count on cooked garlic with meals for much in the way of a curative.  

Garlic appears to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.  The list is long when it comes to its uses as a remedy.  This list includes wounds, ulcers, skin infections, flu, athlete's foot, some viruses, strep, worms, respiratory ailments, high blood pressure, blood thinning, cancer of the stomach, colic, colds, kidney problems, bladder problems, and ear aches, to name a few.  It is believed to cure worms in both people and animals - try giving the dog a clove of garlic daily (but he's not gonna like it).

For most internal problems, eating garlic raw is probably the most potent way to take it.  However, due to the obvious lingering odors associated with this, a tincture can be made by soaking 1/4 pound of peeled and separated garlic cloves in 1/2 quart of brandy.  Seal tightly and shake every day.  Strain and bottle after two weeks of this, and take in drops - 25-30 a day, if desired.  

For cough, flu, and respiratory ailments, make a cough syrup out of garlic.  Slice 1 pound of fresh garlic and pour one quart of boiling water over it.  Let sit for 12 hours, then add sugar until you reach the consistency of a syrup.  Add honey for better taste, if desired.

For sore throat, make a garlic tea by steeping several cloves of garlic in half a cup of water overnight. Hold your nose and drink it.

Externally, garlic is a known anti-bacterial and anti-infection agent.  An interesting use for ear aches is to slice a garlic clove, heat briefly in a small amount of virgin olive oil, and let cool.  Then use a drop of two in the affected ear (strain the mixture beforehand, of course).

Make an Ointment out of garlic (use cloves instead of leaves, stems, or flowers as described in Ointments) for wounds, cuts, athlete's foot, or any other external skin irritation, fungus, or infection.  Also, try a few drops of Oil on a toothache for pain relief.  
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lol, i know this is way tooo late.. but just in case someone later on does stumble on this like i did...
acetomenophen (aka paracetamol) is NOT an anti inflammatory ... it is an antipyretic  (ie it reduces fevers) this is also used as a pain killer.

Iburpofen IS an anti inflammatory, it inhibits cox 1 and 2 ... w/o getting it into it too much.

kind regards

Pharm D.
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Thanks for the comments and contribution. However, if you really have a Pharm D, you definitely are not good in patient counselling. Although what you said are factual, a layman will not understand what is the relevance of cox 1 and cox 2.
Furthermore, in your comment on acetomenophen, you gave the facts without recommendation (conclusion). In my opinion, you have failed in your role, if you are really a pharmacist.
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