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Suggest Remedies For Sore Throat

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Posted on Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Question: What is best over the counter medication for sore throat? How long should sore throat last?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
can combine topical with systemic medication

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Sore throat can be due to infection , allergies (with post nasal drip), trauma or severe reflux, very very rarely due to lesion in the throat.

With infection, it can be viral or bacterial, viral is much more common. A viral sore throat typically lasts 3 to 5 days or less in some cases.

Bacterial sore throats tend to very severe, associated with high fever. Some persons may have headache, nausea and vomiting. Antibiotics would be needed for treatment.

Infectious sore throat can be treated with topical medications and systemic.
You can try using both to help reduce your pain.

EG: (1) an oral anti inflammatory pain killer such as ibuprofen, naproxen or cataflam
(2)along with a topical agent such as covonia throat spray or chloroseptic spray/gargle- both of these have a pain killer and antiseptic
(3)disprin gargle (aspirin tablet dissolved in water) is also very effective as well

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest Remedies For Sore Throat

Brief Answer: can combine topical with systemic medication Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Sore throat can be due to infection , allergies (with post nasal drip), trauma or severe reflux, very very rarely due to lesion in the throat. With infection, it can be viral or bacterial, viral is much more common. A viral sore throat typically lasts 3 to 5 days or less in some cases. Bacterial sore throats tend to very severe, associated with high fever. Some persons may have headache, nausea and vomiting. Antibiotics would be needed for treatment. Infectious sore throat can be treated with topical medications and systemic. You can try using both to help reduce your pain. EG: (1) an oral anti inflammatory pain killer such as ibuprofen, naproxen or cataflam (2)along with a topical agent such as covonia throat spray or chloroseptic spray/gargle- both of these have a pain killer and antiseptic (3)disprin gargle (aspirin tablet dissolved in water) is also very effective as well I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions