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Don’t make it worse



Suffering from a sore throat (pharyngitis and tonsillitis) is a downer, there’s no doubt about that. What usually starts as minor itch and a bit of scratchiness at the back of your throat can end up being extremely painful, throbbing and sensitive in just a matter of days without proper medication.

But what causes sore throat, you ask? In most cases, it can be traced back to a specific virus. Almost 85 percent of sore throats are caused by viruses, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold when you suffer from a sore throat.

Whatever the cause, the first concern of most people is to ease the pain. But heads up! Instead of being better, you might be making it worse with these habits that you need to stop right now!

Avoid cold food and drink

While consuming cold food and beverages may help eliminate the discomfort of sore throat, it doesn’t stop your condition from getting worse, in fact, it may even aggravate it. Most cold food and drinks that are dairy-based such as ice cream, milkshakes and yoghurts should be avoided because these only thicken the mucus and worsen the condition.

When treating sore throat, it’s important to reach for an oral gargle that is clinically proven to address the root of the problem quickly.

Antibiotics are useless

Antibiotics fight bacteria, but most of the time, sore throat is caused by viruses, so antibiotics are not going to work. Taking antibiotics when not needed may lead to antibiotic resistance3.

Regular mouthwash is not enough

A regular mouthwash is only effective in removing food debris in your mouth and does not help in killing viruses, bacteria and fungi. Most mouthwashes which claim to have antibacterial properties may not suffice as well. So, when treating sore throat, it’s important to reach for an oral gargle that is clinically proven to address the root of the problem quickly.

Don’t munch on marshmallows

There’s this internet urban legend that marshmallows can help treat sore throat, but you know what? This legend is full of hot air. Those fluffy, sweet treats do not contain anything that can treat your sore throat. Made up of sugar, water and gelatin, marshmallows are quite easy to swallow, but that does not mean it does you any good. Sugar is a super acidic food that causes an imbalance in your body’s acid-base. Pathogens (infectious agents) love an acidic environment and thrive on such imbalances in the body. You don’t want your body, much more your throat, to be a hangout place of viruses and bacteria, do you?

Temporary relief

Trying currently available over-the-counter throat lozenges can gently numb the tissues in your throat but this temporary relief from pain and burning won’t last long. Though it can keep your throat lubricated, it won’t be an effective treatment for your sore throat and you might find yourself needing relief soon again.

The moment you feel an itch on your throat, don’t let it get worse. Help stop sore throat fast with antiseptic products that can kill 99.99 percent of viruses, the root cause of sore throat.
Povidone-Iodine (Betadine) Throat Spray is your on-the-go buddy for a convenient all-day sore throat relief for people on the move, while Povidone-Iodine (Betadine) Oral Gargle can be used at home. The active ingredient of Betadine oral antiseptic, povidone-iodine, kills viruses in as early as 15 seconds, as well as bacteria and fungi.