Soothing A Sore Throat
Advisory by Grace Wang Su Leng, Guardian Pharmacist
What is a sore throat?
Sore throat (pharyngitis) is commonly described as a painful and burning sensation of the throat. It may be worsened by talking or swallowing.
What causes it?
Sore throat is caused by viral or bacterial infections. Exposure to environmental irritants, such as mould, dust or cigarette smoke, is another cause. Persistently straining your voice or not drinking enough water can also lead to a sore throat.
How do I treat it?
Over-the-counter products such as lozenges, gargles, throat sprays and painkillers can be effective in treating sore throats. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water and get sufficient rest.
When should I see a doctor?
Sore throats usually recover within a week. However, you should consult a doctor if your sore throat persists or if you experience symptoms such as severe pain, high fever, and difficulty in swallowing or breathing.