How to relieve a sore throat

Usually a person is sick for a week or ten days (symptoms last longer in children, people with chronic diseases and smokers). Often, as recovering, the discharge from the nose becomes thicker and changes color (to yellow or green), this is absolutely normal and contrary to popular belief it does not serve as a sign of a bacterial infection.

Medicines directly from SARS there, so try to be treated with antibiotics (if not confirmed by bacterial infection), antiviral, antiseptic and non-prescription immunomodulators not worth it. Just reconcile that you will be ill the next week, and try to spend it not on your feet, but at home. It is important not to stop the body from fighting the virus.

To begin with, the common cold (aka SARS ) is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract. Symptoms usually appear one to three days after exposure to the virus and usually include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, fever, and weakness. There are a lot of viruses that can cause a cold (but most often it is rhinovirus, coronavirus). In rare cases, the cause of a sore throat is  bacteria , for example, group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus (GABA).

Children under six are at greatest risk, but healthy adults can also count on two to three colds a year.

Taking antibiotics “just in case” to prevent a bacterial infection is a real evil . Complications of ARVI are, in principle, independent of prevention.

The only thing a person with acute respiratory viral infections can do is take medications to ease overall well-being.

So, with severe sore throat help :

  • ibuprofen or paracetamol (note that children under 16 should not take aspirin);
  • cool or warm drinks, avoid all that is hot;
  • cool and soft food;
  • lollipops, ice cubes, hard sweets, sucking lollipops.

According to general practitioner Dmitry Troshin, fruit ice or regular ice cubes are especially good. Here, a short-term local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory and vasoconstrictive effect of the cold is triggered, which helps to reduce symptoms, reduce pain. It’s like bruising an ice pack. Many people remember that after removing the tonsils in childhood they gave ice cream, the same principle is to reduce edema, inflammation and decrease sensitivity.

In pharmacies you can buy medicinal lozenges and sprays, however, there is not much evidence of their effectiveness. And yes, while the throat hurts, it is better to give up smoking.

There are situations when treatment is necessary, for example, with respiratory failure or the development of a secondary bacterial infection. These conditions are quite rare, but nevertheless, if there is no positive dynamics and the symptoms do not subside, you should immediately consult a doctor.

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