Sore Throat Relief

Sore Throat Causes and Remedies

There are few things more disheartening than waking up with that telltale pain, soreness and or swelling in your throat. If your job or daily childcare involves lots of verbal communication, a sore throat can be more than a bothersome reminder of your illness; it can be a hindrance to your ability to work or care for your kids.

Most sore throats are caused by a cold virus and the post-nasal drip that is associated with nasal congestion caused by the virus. However, other causes of sore throats include: seasonal allergies, smoke, chemicals, dry air, pollution, bacterial infection, tonsillitis or shouting.

Antibiotic or OTC Medication?

None of these causes, including viruses, can be treated with an antibiotic. Antibiotics are only effective in treating bacterial infections like tonsillitis and strep throat (below).

However, you can manage sore throat symptoms (including swelling, pain or dryness) with a multi-symptom OTC cold and flu medication like Contac® Cold + Flu. In addition to a decongestant which helps prevent swelling caused by post-nasal drip,Contac® Cold + Flu contains acetaminophen to manage pain and help reduce swelling.

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If it’s immediate sore throat relief that you’re looking for, try new Contac® Cold + Flu Cooling Relief liquid. Taken right before bed, this multi-symptom remedy soothes your raw throat while treating other cold and flu symptoms that usually accompany a sore throat, like sneezing and runny nose.

In addition to using Contac® Cold + Flu as directed to treat your sore throat and other cold and/or flu symptoms, you can also treat a sore throat by:

  • Drinking plenty of water and/or warm liquids. Ice chips may also help.
  • Choosing appropriate foods: avoid anything spicy, overly acidic or rough in texture; instead choose soft, bland foods.
  • Gargling with warm salt water.
  • Avoiding cigarette smoke and odors.

Your family can help prevent the spread of viruses that result in sore throats by:

  • Disposing of toothbrushes after the virus has passed.
  • Not sharing utensils, even with family.
  • Not kissing or touching the mouth of an infected person.
  • Washing your hands frequently with warm, soapy water.

Do I have a bacterial infection?

If your symptoms persist, you may want to see a doctor to test for tonsillitis or strep throat.

What is tonsillitis? Tonsillitis is a swelling of the tonsils (located at the back of the mouth and on both sides of the throat). It can cause severe pain and is usually the result of a bacterial infection, though sometimes a virus can be responsible.

What is strep throat? Strep throat is caused by bacteria called Streptococcus. The severe pain is similar to that of tonsillitis, but if left untreated can cause damage to the heart valves.

If sore throat persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting, ask a doctor promptly. If you experience any of the following sore throat symptoms, Contact your doctor right away:

  • Severe problems swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A fever of more than 104
  • Tender or swollen lymph glands in the neck

Don’t let a sore throat get in the way of doing your job or taking care of your family. Contac® Cold + Flu can help treat symptoms which contribute to a sore throat.


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