What to do if you have a sore throat
If a sore throat strikes, you’ll want to find a quick remedy to alleviate your discomfort so you can get on with your busy, everyday life.
Bacteria, allergies and other environmental factors can all cause sore throats. No matter what’s causing yours, you’ll seek fast relief. Try the following remedies to fight back and alleviate your discomfort.
Increase your liquid intake
Hot fluids such as a soothing lemon, honey and ginger tea or a warming, nutritious broth can reduce sinus mucus and promote better drainage of this area. It can also help to clear congestion and allow easier breathing.
If you smoke, stop! Stay away from second-hand smoke and other air pollutants, too.
Use a steamer or humidifier
Dry air, whether due to the climate or air-conditioning, can irritate a throat. Using a humidifier in your room at night, or during the day if you’re resting, can be soothing.
Use a sore throat gargle
Betadine Concentrated Sore Throat Gargle or, if you are on the go with no time for dilution, Betadine Ready to Use Sore Throat Gargle, can help tackle a common cold sore throat right at the source. Both contain povidone-iodine, an antiseptic that can kill the bacteria that may cause a sore throat.*
Suck on a throat lozenge
Sucking produces saliva, which moistens the throat, reducing irritation. Sore throat lozenges such as Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges can provide temporary but fast soothing and effective relief for sore throats.
Take a pain reliever
If your sore throat persists and is causing much pain and discomfort, over-the-counter medication such as an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, or paracetamol may help. Incorrect use may be harmful.
Support your overall immunity
If you are feeling unwell, your diet may suffer and supplements may help maintain your body’s ability to fight off infection. Nature’s Own Triple Strength Garlic + C, Horseradish, Fenugreek & Marshmallow contains the concentrated power of four natural herbs plus vitamin C, a formula that may be helpful in relieving the mucous congestion that can accompany a sore throat, but can also support the body’s immune system overall.
A vitamin C supplement may also help support immunity. Cenovis Vitamin C 250mg or Cenovis Sugarless C 500mg are chewable tablets that may help get you back to fighting fit as quickly as possible.
Sleep and rest
As a parent it can be tempting to push on with all the busy activities you do daily, but it’s crucial to both get enough sleep and also rest as much as you can during the day in order to let your immune system fight back.1 Delegate, and try to take it easy!
If your sore throat is severe, or lasts for more than five days, do see your doctor.2
* In laboratory studies.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.