Sore Throat

A sore throat is an uncomfortable and painful condition. The throat becomes red and sore and it may be worse when you swallow. Sore throats are uncomfortable and painful condition that are often a sign of a cold, a side effect of strained vocal cords or an indication of something a little more serious. 


The symptoms of a sore throat should pass in three to seven days, and it is advised to drink plenty of water, avoid food and drinks that may irritate the throat, and regularly gargle with mouthwash. 


Our Advice

  • Drink plenty of water and suck lozenges to moisten the throat.
  • Ask your pharmacist to choose a product for you that will help relieve the pain.
  • In most cases there is no cure but the symptoms can be helped.
  • Most sore throats will go on their own in about 7 days.
  • Antibiotics from the doctor are not useful in most cases of sore throats.
  • Ask to see your pharmacist if you are having difficulty swallowing drinks.
  • Loss of voice is common with dry sore throats.
  • If you have a sore throat that you are worried about, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Products we recommend for this condition are:

  • Difflam Spray 30ml - Acts locally to provide relief from pain associated with inflammation of the mouth and throat.   Do not use if required for longer than 7 days unless advised by your doctor or dentist.  Avoid contact with eyes.  This product contains ethanol (alcohol).  Please consult your pharmacist or doctor before using this medicine if you are currently pregnant, likely to get pregnant or breastfeeding.  Please consult your pharmacist or doctor if you are currently taking any other medicines as this may cause an interaction.  If you think you may be allergic to any of the ingredients contained in this medicine, please seek medical advice before taking.  If you have any questions after you have bought this medication, please speak to your pharmacist.  Contains Benzydamine Hydrochloride 0.15%w/v.  Adults and children aged 12 years and older: spray 4-8 puffs in the mouth to every 1.5 to 3 hours.  Children 6-12 years of age: spray 4 puffs in the mouth every 1.5 to 3 hours.  Children under 6 years of age: spray 1 puff in the mouth for every 4 kilograms of body weight, up to a maximum of 4 puffs 1.5 to 3 hours.  After spraying wipe the end of the spray-tube with a tissue to stop it from becoming blocked.  Always read the label. 
  • Tyrozet Lozenges 24s - Dual action, provide rapid relief for sore throats and minor mouth irritations. The unique double action formula contains an antibiotic to help fight throat infection and an anaesthetic to quickly numb sore throat pain.  Contains Benzocaine and Tyrothricin.  Suitable for adults and children aged 3 years and over.  Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully before use.  Dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth and repeat every three hours.  Adults must not take more than 8 lozenges in 24 hours.  Children aged 3 years and over should not take more than 6 lozenges in 24 hours.  If symptoms persist for more than 5 days, consult your doctor.  Warning: do not exceed the stated dose.  Keep out of the reach and sight of children.  Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have an underlying medical condition, are taking any other medication or complementary therapy, or if symptoms persist.  Seek advice before using if you are breast feeding, pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or suffer from allergies.  Always read the label. 
  • AAA Throat spray 60 doses - Each metered dose delivers 1.5mg of benzocaine to the sight of pain, avoiding the problem of numbing the whole mouth.  Relief of pain associated with sore throat and minor mouth infections.  Adults and elderly: spray 2 doses every 2-3 hours to the affected part of the mouth or throat as necessary. Maximum 16 sprays in 24 hours.  Children 6-12 years: spray 1 dose every 2-3 hours as necessary. Maximum 8 sprays in 24 hours.   Under 6 years: not recommended.  Do not use if you have difficulty in breathing, noisy breathing or severe difficulty in swallowing. Talk to our pharmacist or your doctor if you are allergic to benzocaine or any of the other ingredients, if you have a rare blood condition called methaemoglobinaemia or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.   Always read the label.  Keep out of the reach and sight of children. 

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