One of the most common conditions during autumn are severe sore throat and colds. Increased viral infections, change of temperature, air conditioning and cold drinks are some of the reasons that can irritate the mucous of throat and cause pain.
Sore throat is a common symptom of viral and bacterial infections of the upper respiratory tract (larynx, pharynx and tonsils). It usually takes a few days and then subsides. Although bacterias and viruses are the main cause of the sore throat, allergies and dry air can also cause irritation and difficulty in swallowing.
Sore throat is actually a local inflammation along with a series of symptoms such as:
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Mild fever
They contain anti-inflammatory substances and antiseptic action that relieve upper respiratory tract infections and symptoms of pharyngitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis. In addition, depending on their composition, they help reduce local edema, maintain moisture and repair the nasal mucosa while also stimulate body’s local defense against infections. They create a film layer that mucosa from external irritants (cold, smoke, exhaust gas, dust) while also reducing hoarseness.
Thanks to their composition in essential oils they soften throat and reduce cough. They contain vitamins, propolis, echinacea and herbal extracts that reduce irritation, provide antioxidant properties and antimicrobial action. Easy to use. Prefer candies without sugar.
They contain honey as well as essential oils such as thyme, propolis, eucalyptus, anise and althea, which offer antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. They relieve the symptoms of sore throat and help to soften it, while also creating a protective mucous membrane. Prefer natural syrups without sugar. Most syrups also relieve from cough (productive or dry cough).
- Gargles with salt water helps to reduce swelling. Prefer lukewarm water.
- Ensure adequate moisture in your working environment and home.
- Drink plenty of water and liquids to stay hydrated
- Do not smoke.
- Do not eat or drink acidic foods and beverages, respectively.
- Keep in mind that sore throat can be due to gastroesophageal reflux and stomach acids.
- In cases that sore throat is intense and severe and does not subside then you should consalt your physician.