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A dry scratchiness in your throat and pain when swallowing can make it hard to eat or get a good night's sleep. Usually caused by a cold or the flu, a sore throat also can be a side effect of some breast cancer treatments.

The following treatments for breast cancer might cause a sore throat:

A sore throat also can be caused by some pain medications.

Managing a sore throat

If your sore throat lasts longer than a week, or if you have difficulty breathing, swollen or tender glands in your neck, or pus in your throat, call your doctor. You might have an infection. Try these tips to soothe a sore throat:

  • Gargle with warm salt water at least once an hour to help ease pain.
  • Stay hydrated with warm fluids such as tea or clear soup to soothe your throat.
  • Drink warm water with honey and lemon to help ease pain.
  • Eat soft, cool foods such as milkshakes and pudding to soothe the discomfort.
  • Try throat lozenges to help relieve the pain. Menthol throat lozenges can cool nasal passages.
  • Keep a humidifier or vaporizer in your bedroom. The cool mist can help soothe a swollen throat while you're sleeping.
  • Avoid smoking and being around smoke — smoke can make your throat feel worse.
  • See the tips on how to manage swallowing problems if you’re having difficulty swallowing.

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