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There are several interventions that can be done to help ease the pain.
The most commonly used interventions for throat pain are throat lozenges an throat sprays, which include medicine to sooth or numb the throat. It also can help to gargle with warm salt water. Cold foods also can be very soothing, and ice cream is the classic example of a food that is soothing to the throat.
For relief of ear symptoms, it may help to take an antihistamine/decongestant.
It is also fine to take paracetamol for the pain.
At two weeks, it is still most likely that this is due to a viral infection, but if the sore throat persists, it would be appropriate to consider whether there is another condition, such as acid reflux, in which case a medicine to suppress stomach acid would be appropriate.
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Yes. It is common that there is swelling that can affect both sides of the throat when the throat is inflamed, whether it is from an infection or from other conditions that irritate the throat.
A viral throat infection will not clear with antibiotics, but will resolve spontaneously. The symptoms that you describe are not worrisome for a Strep throat, which is the only throat infection that would be treated with antibiotics.
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Another three days of symptoms does not change the above answer.