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Methods to treat hoarseness and sore throat

Methods to treat hoarseness and sore throat

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 A sore throat and accompanying hoarseness are usually caused by a viral infection which requires symptoms to be treated.

If you have a sore throat, try effective treatment methods, e.g. medications which contain antiseptic substances (dichlorobenzyl alcohol, amylmetacresol, cetylpiridinium chloride) to prevent the development of infections. An excellent treatment for an acute sore throat is medications with benzydamine which has a painkilling, anti-inflammatory effect and locally anaesthetises the mucous membrane of the throat. Lidocaine, an ingredient found in many throat lozenges will also alleviate pain during throat inflammation.

If the pain is really severe you can also use painkillers: paracetamol or ibuprofen. Remember that numerous combined products for the common cold contain paracetamol. Therefore, before you take another dose of a painkiller, ensure that previous medication administered didn’t already include paracetamol.

The hoarseness which accompanies infections of the respiratory tract is a result of impeded flexibility of the vocal cords brought about by the common cold. Excellent methods to treat hoarseness include not only saving your voice but also using homoeopathic medications which soothe irritated vocal cords, moisten the throat and alleviate the hoarseness. Coltsfoot and thyme also protect the throat and thus help alleviate the hoarseness. Therefore, if you experience hoarseness, use sweets containing these ingredients.

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