GoRapz I feel ya. The two things I hate the most are sore throats and ear infections. I had many ear infections as a kid and now I can make a clicking sound in my head whenever I want to.
But anyways, my advice is to get the black Halls, the extra strength ones. They can help, although a bit expensive. Yogurt can soothe it briefly, as can a big jug of hot chocolate or coffee can help too I find.
If you have a cold, then it's there for atleast 5 days. Take all the antibiotics (most of the time they don't help) you want, but your not shortening the span of the virus, unless your immune system is incredibly proficient. Just use cold pills, nasal sprays, teas, hot towels, halls, vitamin C, gargling...whatever you need to temporarily give you relief but you can't just make the virus go away at will.