Sore throat information
Suffering from a sore throat can be painful and annoying. It is a pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, which may be because of a cold or the flu. There are also sore throats caused by bacteria, which may need treatment using antibiotic drugs to prevent complications.
What are the symptoms of sore throat?
The symptoms of a sore throat vary based on the cause. Sore throats often occur together with other symptoms such as fever, chills, coughing, runny nose, sneezing, body aches, headache, nausea or vomiting.
The following are the signs and symptoms of sore throat:
- Pain or scratchy feeling in the throat area
- Pain that tends to worsen whenever swallowing or talking
- Dry throat
- Painful or swollen glands in the neck and jaw area
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swollen and inflamed tonsils
- Appearance of white patches on the tonsils
- Hoarse or muffled voice
More about throat lozenges
There are various treatments or remedies that can help alleviate sore throat. But one of the most convenient ways to deal with a sore throat is by taking nonprescription throat lozenges. Most throat lozenge are small, typically medicated tablets dissolved slowly in the mouth to temporarily provide relief by lubricating and soothing the irritated tissues of the throat. Throat lozenges often have antibacterial properties or a local anesthetic to numb the throat and soothe pain. Throat lozenges are formulated with various flavours to make them easier to take, even by children.
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