Is your sore throat a sign of something more serious?

by | Aug 5, 2023

Having a sore throat can be a real pain, quite literally. It’s something that most of us experience at some point, and it’s usually not a big deal. But sometimes, a sore throat can indicate a more serious underlying condition. So how do you know when to worry?

Cepacol®, the brand known for its sore throat lozenges and hot medication, outlines some things to consider:

 

Does It Hurt Like Crazy?

If your throat feels like it’s on fire and the pain won’t let up, it might be more than a common sore throat7. Strep throat is a highly contagious bacterial infection1a that can cause fever, pain when swallowing and swollen lymph nodes in the front of the neck1b.

 

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Tonsillitis is another possibility that can cause severe throat pain, red, swollen tonsils, and trouble swallowing2.

Can’t Swallow or Breathe Properly?

That’s a Red Flag! If your sore throat makes swallowing your food or even your saliva difficult, that’s a sign that something’s not right. It’s also a big concern if it’s making breathing hard for you, having blood in your saliva or phlegm, joint swelling and pain, or experiencing a rash3.

Is This a Regular Thing for You?

Sure, everyone gets a sore throat occasionally, but if you’re dealing with them regularly, it might be worth looking into. If you’re experiencing a chronic or persistent sore throat, it could be a sign of a more severe condition like allergies4a, viral and bacterial infections4b, Mononucleosis4c, peritonsillar abscess4d, gonorrhea4e, acid reflux4f, a weakened immune system4g, or throat cancer4h.

In such cases, you might need more than just a spoonful of honey to kick that sore throat to the curb. So, seeking medical advice as soon as possible is essential to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.

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How the Cepacol® Cough & Cold Range Can Provide Relief

In addition to Cepacol® Throat Lozenges5 in four pleasant tasting flavours (Regular, Honey & Lemon, Menthol, Blackcurrant), the Cepacol® Cough & Cold range now includes new Cepacol® Throat Spray6a throat spray containing a combination of ivy leaf, pelargonium, and menthol. It numbs the throat, providing temporary relief of a sore and inflamed throat. The spray formulation allows for easy application directly to the affected area, ensuring targeted relief.

Cepacol® understands the daily needs of individuals experiencing a sore throat, so, if you’re dealing with a sore throat, there’s a Cepacol® for that!

Cepacol®’s new range of products is now available at leading pharmacies and retailers nationwide. For more information, visit www.cepacol.co.za and join the conversation on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

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References:

  1. Centres for disease control and prevention. Strep Throat: All You Need To Know. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html. Last accessed May 2023.
  2. Medline Plus. Tonsillitis. Available from https://medlineplus.gov/tonsillitis.html. Last accessed May 2023.
  3. Centres for disease control and prevention. Sore throat. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/sore-throat.html. Last accessed May 2023.
  4. Medical News Today. What can cause a sore throat at night? Available from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/sore-throat-at-night#cancer. Last accessed May 2023.
  5. CEPACOL® Throat Lozenges approved professional information, February 2022.
  6. CEPACOL® Throat Spray approved professional information, February 2022.
  7. When is a sore throat considered chronic? Written by Diana Rodriguez. Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD. Reviewed: May 14, 2020. Available from https://www.everydayhealth.com/ear-nose-throat/chronic-sore-throat/. Last accessed May 2023.

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