Stuffy Nose/Sore Throat Remedy

Cold and Flu Symptoms

Woman with a horrible sore throat.

A stuffy nose and a sore throat: it’s that telltale combination of symptoms that usually indicates the start of a cold or flu. Not surprisingly, these symptoms often exist alongside one another, like mac and cheese.
Or bubbles and baths.

 

The stuffy feeling you experience when you're sick is a result of your immune response, which produces mucus as a way of flushing out whatever is causing the irritation– in this case, a cold or flu virus. In addition to causing sinus headaches, drainage of mucus from the sinuses down the back of the throat (otherwise known as ‘post-nasal drip’) can cause a sore throat.

 

That’s how a cold or flu virus often works – one symptom leads to another which leads to another, creating a host of different ailments. And that’s why a multi-symptom OTC remedy like Contac® Cold + Flu is so effective. The unique combination of a decongestant and a pain-reliever in Contac Cold + Flu can effectively control your nasal congestion and sore throat in a single dose.

 

What causes nasal congestion and sore throat?

Nasal congestion is the result of the overproduction of mucus. This often causes post-nasal drip which in turn leads to sore throats. In fact, most sore throats are caused by a cold virus and the post-nasal drip is caused by body’s reaction to the virus.

 

In addition to using Contac Cold + Flu as directed to treat your symptoms, you can also treat the combination of nasal congestion and a sore throat by:

  • Drinking plenty of water and/or warm liquids.
  • Using a humidifier or vaporizer or carefully breathing in steam from a pot on the stove.
  • Avoiding spicy or rough-textured foods which can irritate the throat.
  • Using warm compresses on your face to relieve discomfort and open your nasal passages.
  • Keeping your head elevated while sleeping to facilitate draining and make breathing more comfortable.
  • Gargling with warm salt water.
  • Avoiding cigarette smoke and odors.

 

The next time you feel the familiar combination of a sore throat and stuffy nose, reach for Contac Cold + Flu. We’ve got your most annoying cold symptoms covered.

 

 

 

Resources:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. RHINITIS AND SINUSITIS. 2005. Retrieved August 18, 2012 from http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=18&cont=239

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. SINUS PROBLEMS. 2005. Retrieved September 4, 2012 from http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=19&cont=269

Desert Pediatrics. (2007). Sore Throat. [PDF File]. Retrieved August 15 2012, from www.desertpediatricslv.com/pdfs/medical_library/SoreThroat.pdf.

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