A sore throat can quickly turn a good day into a miserable one, but what can you do to get rid of one? Discovering effective ways to ease discomfort and find relief is a top priority. The antibacterial properties of the Betadine range make it an ideal sore throat treatment.

What causes sore throats?

Sore throats can be caused by many different things, from viruses, to cool dry air dehydrating your throat to straining your muscles by talking loudly for a long time.

Sometimes, however, a sore throat can be the result of the bacteria that were already living in your mouth and throat. These bacteria exist in a delicate balance, working to help your body stay healthy. However, sometimes this balance can be disrupted, and the usually small numbers of ‘bad’ bacteria can multiply which can cause a sore throat. Read more about the bacteria that live in your throat.

Helping soothe a sore throat

When facing the discomfort of a sore throat, a sore throat treatment may help provide relief. Home self-care remedies may help you feel better such as resting, staying well hydrated, eating soft foods and drinking warm drinks.

When you need to know how to kill a sore throat fast however, Betadine offers a range of products to help target the bacteria that may be causing the sore throat, such as:

  • Betadine Anaesthetic Lozenges – these lozenges contain an anaesthetic which numbs painful symptoms whilst also containing an anti-inflammatory to reduce throat inflammation, swelling, and an antibacterial to help kill bacteria which can cause mouth and throat infections
  • Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges – these lozenges help soothe and relieve the discomfort of a sore throat whilst also containing an antibacterial agent to help kill bacteria which can cause throat and mouth infections
  • Betadine Ready To Use Sore Throat Gargle – an aid in the treatment of infected sore throats, this product kills bacteria fast with no dilution required and a convenient measure is included in each pack
  • Betadine Sore Throat Gargle (concentrated) – an aid in the treatment of infected sore throats that must be diluted before use, it kills bacteria and comes with a convenient measure in each pack.

Learn more about Betadine and how it works.

How to get rid of a sore throat?

Dealing with a sore throat can be uncomfortable, but the good news is they usually go away on their own within a week. Here are some things you can do to help ease the discomfort in the meantime.

Stay Hydrated: Hydration is essential for maintaining moisture in the throat and supporting the body’s natural healing processes. Drink water throughout the day to keep your throat moist.

Rest Your Voice: Talking or shouting excessively can strain the vocal cords and exacerbate throat discomfort. Resting your voice and avoiding unnecessary talking can help reduce irritation and promote healing.

Use Humidifiers: Dry air can worsen sore throat symptoms by drying out the throat lining. Using a humidifier in your home can add moisture to the air, helping to soothe irritated throat tissues and alleviate discomfort.

Try Betadine Sore Throat Gargle: Betadine offers a sore throat gargle which quickly kills bacteria that can cause sore throats. This gargle is available in both a concentrated and a ready to use formula.

Use Lozenges: Some sore throat lozenges can provide temporary relief by numbing the throat and reducing irritation. Lozenges with numbing capabilities such as Betadine Anaesthetic Lozenges can help quickly numb discomfort whilst Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges soothe the throat for an effective sore throat remedy.

Read tips on how to ease a sore throat while travelling.

Using a gargle to ease a sore throat

Gargling with a povidone-iodine solution, such as Betadine Sore Throat Gargle, kills bacteria living in your mouth and throat, which reduces the number of bad bacteria that may be causing your sore throat. Find out more about povidone-iodine.

Why do you need to spit out the solution after gargling? Although Betadine is completely safe for your mouth and throat, you must not swallow it. Gargling is a way to make sure that the Betadine reaches the bacteria in your throat. DO NOT swallow the liquid.

Using sore throat lozenges

Soothing a sore throat with lozenges offers a targeted approach to relief. Lozenges ease throat discomfort at the source by delivering treatments such as antibacterial and numbing agents directly to the area they are needed in the throat, without you needing to swallow a medicine. As the lozenge dissolves in your mouth, the treatment is slowly released into your saliva, coating the inside of your mouth and throat, allowing it to stay in contact with your sore throat for longer.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)


A sore throat usually lasts between two and seven days, however this can vary depending on many things such as which sore throat treatment you decide to use (if any) and rest.


A great way to care for your sore throat is by eating soft foods that are easy to swallow such as soup, ice cream, jelly and yoghurt. Avoid foods that cause you pain to swallow as they may further aggravate your throat.


Your doctor may decide to take a swab of your throat to try to find the cause of infection. They may also do other tests if they think your sore throat may be caused by something else.


Whilst stress doesn’t directly cause sore throats, stress and stressful events have a negative effect on your body and on your immune system. When you’re experiencing stress, you may be more susceptible to illness or take longer to recover from illness. Stress can also disrupt the balance between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your body. This can lead to an overgrowth of the ‘bad’ bacteria which can lead to a sore throat.