A sore throat is usually an extension of some other problem. It can often be related to a sinus condition, cold, flu, allergies or viral infection. If you have a very sore red throat for extended period of time, it could be a strep throat. In this case, it is often best to get antibiotics. The complications that strep throat can cause are more severe than the side effects of antibiotics.
It is important to adopt a mucusless diet. Take antibiotics if needed. Make sure you take acidophilus while taking the antibiotics and for at least one month afterwards.
Single Herbs: Goldenseal, Echinacea (tincture best), Garlic, Slippery Elm (lozenges).
Combinations: Echinacea/Goldenseal Tincture (1 tsp., every two hours), Echinacea Plus Formula, Kam Wu Tea and Antiphlogistic (Chinese formulas).