How a Throat Gargle Helps a Sore Throat

A sore throat may range in severity from a mild annoyance to a debilitating condition that impacts on a person’s ability to talk, eat, drink or sleep. There are several causes of a sore throat, the most common of which is a bacterial or viral infection of the pharynx.1 They may also be due to infection by fungal spores2. Sore throats are the second most common reason people seek medical treatment3, but it is impossible to determine whether a sore throat is viral or bacterial from symptoms alone. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle contains Povidone‐ Iodine, which is effective against viruses, bacteria and also fungi.4

Povidone – Iodine

Povidone – Iodine is a complex produced by combining iodine and polyvinylpyrrolidone. This complex only releases a small amount of active iodine at a time, while the rest is loosely bound to the povidone molecule. When povidone‐iodine is applied to the skin, for example in the case of a cut, the active iodine is used up as it kills microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. As the level of active iodine working in the wound decreases, more bound molecules of iodine become available and replenish them. This means that there is only a very small amount of iodine on the skin at a time, making povidone‐iodine far less likely to cause undesirable effects such as irritation, which is often caused by traditional iodine preparations. 5 This form of iodine is also used in Betadine Sore Throat Gargle due to its speed of action and lack of resistance potential by microbes.6 It is a powerful antiseptic which is effective against a broad spectrum of microbes, including viruses, bacteria and fungi.7

Betadine and Viral infections

Sore throats are most commonly caused by a viral infection. Unfortunately, the exact causative virus is rarely identified and treatment should be effective against a broad spectrum of these organisms. The active ingredient in Betadine Sore Throat gargle, povidone‐ iodine, ay be effective against many types of viruses and has a broader anti‐viral spectrum than other commercially available antiseptics.8 Sore throats are often a symptom of respiratory infections such as colds and influenza. Betadine Sore Throat gargle is useful in these cases.9

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