Sore throat remedies grab a multi-million pound share of the over-the-counter medicine market – a £71 million share, in fact! Yet there’s little evidence that they reduce inflammation or shorten the duration of the infection. Nevertheless many people find the lozenges and gargles soothing and seem to be more than willing to pay for them. The medicines contain a variety of substances, including antiseptics such as domiphen bromide, local anaesthetics such as lignocaine hydrochloride, or antibacterial agents such as tyrothricin. Don’t give throat lozenges to children under three, who may choke if the sweet sticks in their throat.
A sore throat is an infection making the throat red and sore, most often due to a viral infection which clears up by itself after three or four days. Pain can be relieved by taking soluble aspirin or your preferred painkiller . Avoid smoking if your throat is very sore.
The exact cause of a sore throat can only be established as other symptoms develop. And there are many possible causes – it may be due to a virus and be the start of a cold or flu. It is also one of the first signs of German measles, pharyngitis or tonsillitis – the latter two of which may need antibiotics. So if sore throat symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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