* First get an over-the-counter pain killer like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen.
* Make sure your fluid intake is substantial.
* Suck on lozenges or hard candy.
* Gargle with salt water as many times a day as possible.
Add one teaspoon of salt per cup. * If possible use a humidifier.
If your symptoms do not subside or get worse, consult a doctor immediately.