Betadine Sore Throat Gargle has helped kill bacteria that cause sore throats for years. Now, it has some help with the new Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges.
Together, Betadine Sore Throat Gargle and Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges can together offer a ‘treat’ and ‘relieve’ combination to your sore throat – gargle morning and night to treat and take lozenges during the day for on-the-go relief.
The Betadine Sore Throat Gargle has been proven to kill bacteria that can cause sore throats in 30 seconds* while Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges can help kill bacteria to provide convenient relief for a sore throat.
New Betadine Sore Throat Lozenges come in three amazing flavour combinations: Orange, Fresh Menthol & Eucalyptus and Soothing Honey & Lemon.
* in laboratory studies
What is 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. They may also be due to infection by fungal spores. Sore throats are the second most common reason people seek medical treatment, but it is impossible to determine whether a sore throat is viral or bacterial from symptoms alone.
What can cause a sore throat?
- Vital throat infections – A viral infection is the most common cause of a sore throat. There is no specific treatment, as antibiotics are not effective. A sore throat due to a viral infection will usually resolve within a week to ten days and further complications are uncommon. Always seek the advice of a healthcare professional if you are experiencing extreme discomfort, difficulty breathing or swallowing, or if symptoms do not improve with self care.
- Bacterial throat infections - Symptoms of a bacterial sore throat usually resolve within one week. However, if you experience other symptoms such as skin rash, fever, headache, nausea or difficulty swallowing, it is important to see your healthcare practitioner for treatment. This is because certain bacterial infections, if left untreated, may cause further health complications. Once you have begun treatment, a bacterial sore throat should begin to feel better within 24‐48 hours.
- Exposure to environmental irritants - Irritants in the environment, such as perfumes, petrol fumes, cigarette smoke, or chlorine may all be sore throat causes. Cigarette smoke is one of the most common environmental allergens and contains many chemicals, irritants and gases. Exposure to cigarette smoke indoors or in a building with poor ventilation significantly increases the amount of toxins in the air. A sore throat caused by environmental factors will usually subside once the person minimises their exposure to the causative irritant.
How to manage a sore throat?
There are several things you can do to make a sore throat feel better including:
- Home Remedies
- Remember to drink plenty of fluids, as this will help to prevent dehydration and moisten a sore throat. Both warm and cold foods and drink may help to reduce pain and discomfort. Try drinking warm water with honey, herbal tea or nourishing warm soup. If you prefer, a frozen ice pop will also help to soothe a sore throat by numbing the affected area.
- Saltwater is a mild natural antiseptic and may temporarily relieve a sore throat. Mix table salt in some warm water and gargle several times a day. Do not swallow this solution, always spit it out.
- Cold, dry air may aggravate the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. Using a humidifier or sitting in the bathroom while you run a hot shower for a few minutes will help moisten and soothe a sore throat.
- Rest - while it may be tempting to carry on with our usual daily tasks when ill, try and get as much rest as possible. Get plenty of sleep and rest your voice, as this will help give your body the extra energy it needs to fight a sore throat infection.
- Lozenges - are a popular and easy treatment option for sore throats. A lozenge is a medicated tablet that dissolves slowly in the mouth, so that the medication is applied throughout the mouth and throat. A lozenge may provide relief from sore throat discomfort.
- Gargles - can help to reduce the symptoms of a sore throat and can range from a simple homemade saltwater solution, as mentioned above, to a powerful antiseptic product such as Betadine. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle acts directly on the affected area and kills a broad spectrum of bacteria, helping to get rid of a sore throat infection quickly and effectively.