Need for relief from sore throat
Sore throat (pharyngitis) is a very common medical condition and indicates inflammation of the throat. A sore throat is often the first sign of cold or influenza and most, in fact 85-90%, are caused by viruses. Most cases of acute sore throat due to upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), triggered by a range of viruses, are usually not serious and are self-limiting, generally improving within 1 week.
The symptoms of sore throat vary between individuals and include a local mild discomfort with a scratchy-like sensation, swelling, pain with a ‘raw’ sensation and difficulty in swallowing.
Sore throat, especially those caused by viruses, are treatable with rest; drinking plenty of fluids; and over-the-counter pain medicine life medicated lozenges. Simple salt water gargling, may also relieve the discomfort often associated with sore throat. Sore throats that are caused by bacteria can be serious and require antibiotics.