The guideline sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for acute sore throat. It aims to limit antibiotic use and reduce antimicrobial resistance. Acute sore throat is often caused by a virus, lasts for about a week, and most people get better without antibiotics. Withholding antibiotics rarely leads to complications.

In most cases, acute sore throat is a self-limiting infection, often caused by a viral infection, and most people will not need an antibiotic

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