Sore throat pain can be effectively managed with steroidsA single 10 mg dose of the steroid, dexamethasone can be useful in terms of safety, efficacy, and affordability for treating bacterial or viral pharyngitis (sore throat), as per a Mayo Clinic study published in an edition of Laryngoscope.

In a study involving 118 patients, it was revealed that patients given dexamethasone in a shot or a pill form reported pain relief four hours sooner than patients on placebo in pill or injection form.

Sixty seven percent of patients administered with steroids returned to normal activity in 12 hours and 84 percent returned to normal activity in 24 hours.