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How do sore throat treatments work?
Depending on the treatment that you use, there will be different active ingredients that have different properties.
The main properties of sore throat treatments will either be a painkiller (known as an analgesic) or as an anaesthetic, which numbs the throat area.
How long does a sore throat last for?
A sore throat will usually go away in 5-7 days.
If you decide to take antibiotics, then it should go away in 2-3 days.
In some cases, it can last for longer.
If you do experience a sore throat for a longer period of time, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice.
What causes a sore throat?
A sore throat is usually a symptom of a virus such as a cold or the flu.
This is why many cold and flu treatments can also help to treat a sore throat.
Other conditions that can cause a sore throat include laryngitis, tonsilitis, glandular fever, as well as a condition known as strep throat which is a bacterial infection.
If you feel any of the following symptoms then you could be suffering from a sore throat:
- Pain in the throat, especially when swallowing
- A dry throat with a scratchy feel
- Redness in the mouth
- Bad breath (halitosis)
- A weak cough
- Swollen neck glands
Children can also get a high temperature and also be less active when suffering from a sore throat.
What is the best treatment for a sore throat?
The best treatment for your sore throat depends on the cause and what kind of treatment works for you.
For example, some people prefer pain relief sprays or rinses that help to numb the back of their throat.
Others prefer lozenges with antiseptic properties that help to tackle the irritation in the area.
If you’re ever unsure which one would be the best choice for you, ask our pharmacists or your GP for their recommendations and they’ll help to get you on the right track.
How do lozenges work?
When you take a lozenge, it will slowly start to shrink, releasing the products inside that will soothe your sore throat.
This can suppress a cough and moisten the irritated tissues of your throat.
Many lozenges include anaesthetic properties to numb the pain, or menthol which cools the throat.