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Sore Throat

Sore throats are common, and can affect all ages.  Sore throats are usually associated with minor illnesses such as the common cold or the flu, however a persistent or severe sore throat can be a sign of an underlying condition and should be checked out.    Here you will find lozenges, syrups, throat sprays and other remedies to support you during a sore throat.   Symptoms    Causes    Risk factors   Remedies   Prevention
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Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
Your Price!Blis Honeyblis Ginger Lozenges 8
Blis Honeyblis Ginger Lozenges 8
SKU 2538504
$12.99 NZD$10.99 NZD
HoneyBlis™: Advanced probiotics to soothe and protect the throat.
Good Health Viralex Soothe Throat 20loz
Good Health Viralex Soothe Throat 20loz
SKU 2495589
$15.80 NZD
Good Health Viralex Soothe Throat
Rapid Antigen Test (RATs) MOH Approved 20 Tests
Rapid Antigen Test (RATs) MOH Approved 20 Tests
SKU 2633256
$179.00 NZD
LIMIT ONE BOX PER PERSON !! Rapid Antigen Test (RATs) MOH Approved 20 Tests
Your Price!Sanderson Throat FX Spray 30ml
Sanderson Throat FX Spray 30ml
SKU 2592258
$38.50 NZD$28.50 NZD
STREPSILS LOZENGES LEMON HONEY 16s
STREPSILS LOZENGES LEMON HONEY 16s
SKU 2360330
$9.99 NZD
Strepsils Lozenges work to sooth and numb a sore throat. They come in delicious lemon and honey flavoured lozenges. Grab this 16 pack today.
Difflam Spray 30ml
Difflam Spray 30ml
SKU 542083
$30.50 NZD
Betadine Sore Throat Gargle Ready To Use 120ml
Betadine Sore Throat Gargle Ready To Use 120ml
SKU 349348
$19.50 NZD
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Codral Throat Lozenges Plus Anaesthetic Lime Lemon Lozenegs 16 Pack
Codral Throat Lozenges Plus Anaesthetic Lime Lemon Lozenegs 16 Pack
SKU 2492369
$9.99 NZD
Delicious, soothing lozenges with antibacterial and anaesthetic action to rapidly numb a sore throat while helping to kill bacteria. Suitable for adults and children above 6 years.
Clinicians Prospan Lozenges 20
Clinicians Prospan Lozenges 20
SKU 2431688
$11.19 NZD
Clinicians Prospan Lozenges helps soothe a sore throat as well as clear airways. A special formulation made from dried ivy leaf, with known properties to thin mucus and assist in moistening dry, irritated airway membranes.
Difflam Mouth Gel 10gm
Difflam Mouth Gel 10gm
SKU 216151
$19.60 NZD
STREPSILS PLUS ANAESTHESIA NUMBING THROAT LOZENGES 16S
STREPSILS PLUS ANAESTHESIA NUMBING THROAT LOZENGES 16S
SKU 2431513
$12.50 NZD
Strepsils Plus Anaesthesia Lozenge may provide you with fast and effective relief. It's formulated with a local anaesthetic to help numb the throat, plus two antibacterial agents to assist in eliminating the bacteria that are causing the sore throat.
Comvita Manuka Honey Zesty Lemon 40 Lozenges
Comvita Manuka Honey Zesty Lemon 40 Lozenges
SKU 2352370
$26.99 NZD
A lozenge made with natural goodness that combines the power of propolis with the soothing qualities of NZ manuka honey.
STREPSILS STRAWBERRY 36 SUGAR FREE LOZENGES
STREPSILS STRAWBERRY 36 SUGAR FREE LOZENGES
SKU 2473747
$18.99 NZD
  • Contains effective combination of two antibacterial agents
  • Fast, soothing and effective relief
  • Sugar free - suitable for diabetics
Difflam C Liquid 200ml
Difflam C Liquid 200ml
SKU 312843
$26.99 NZD
STREPSILS SUGAR FREE LEMON 36 LOZENGES
STREPSILS SUGAR FREE LEMON 36 LOZENGES
SKU 2473739
$18.99 NZD
  • Contains effective combination of two antibacterial agents
  • Fast, soothing and effective relief
  • Sugar free - suitable for diabetics
STREPSILS LOZENGES ORANGE 16s
STREPSILS LOZENGES ORANGE 16s
SKU 2360349
$10.99 NZD
Fast, soothing and effective relief from sore throats. Each lozenge contains an effective combination of two antibacterial ingredients to help get a sore throat back into shape.
Strepfen Orange Sugar Free 16 Lozenges
Strepfen Orange Sugar Free 16 Lozenges
SKU 2142511
$17.50 NZD
A hardworking lozenge that contains an anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredient for fast, effective pain relief without numbing.
STREPSILS LOZENGES THROAT NOSE 36s
STREPSILS LOZENGES THROAT NOSE 36s
SKU 2347695
$18.99 NZD
Take Strepsils Sore Throat and Blocked Nose Lozenge for double-action relief. It may help to provide relief for sore throats and nasal congestion. It combines two antiseptic ingredients that may help to fight bacterial infections of the throat plus it has a menthol vapour action that may help to relieve a clogged nose.
Codral Sore Throat Lozenges Honey Lemon Lozenges 16 Pack
Codral Sore Throat Lozenges Honey Lemon Lozenges 16 Pack
SKU 2492342
$6.99 NZD
Delicious, soothing lozenges with double antibacterial action and effects that last up to 3 hours. Suitable for adults and children above 6 years.
Strepfen Honey & Lemon Lozenges 16
Strepfen Honey & Lemon Lozenges 16
SKU 2245477
$17.50 NZD
A hardworking lozenge that contains an anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredient for effective relief without numbing.
Codral Throat Lozenges Mentol Flavour 16 pack
Codral Throat Lozenges Mentol Flavour 16 pack
SKU 2492377
$8.50 NZD
Soothing, fast acting lozenges with double antibacterial action and effects that lasts up to 3 hours. Suitable for adults and children over 6 years.

What are the common symptoms of a sore throat?

At the start, a sore throat can be characterised by pain, dryness, itching or a scratchy feeling in the throat.   Once it gets to the moderate stage, a person can start experiencing pain while talking or swallowing and hoarseness of voice. Severe cases of sore throat may be accompanied with sore and swollen glands in the neck or jaw, and swollen or inflamed tonsils with the presence of white patches or pus.

Common sore throat causes

Viral infection

A sore throat is usually the start of a common cold or flu. These are the very common types of viral infection.
Laryngitis or the infection of the voice box can also cause a sore throat. When the larynx is inflamed this causes a raspy or hoarse voice and sometimes lowering of pitch.

Mononucleosis, or simply "mono", is a typical viral infection that affects teens and young adults. It can cause a bad sore throat with swollen neck glands and fever. Some who are affected can feel tired and weak for weeks or months after the infection.

Bacterial infection

Strep throat is a common bacterial infection that leads to sore throat that can be accompanied with fever. It is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by strep bacteria.

Tonsillitis is another common cause of sore throat. The tonsils are balls of tissue situated at either side of the throat above and behind the tongue. They are an important part of the immune system, and tonsillitis is when they become infected and inflamed.

Environmental factors

Sore throat can also be caused by low humidity, smoking, air pollution, yelling and even post nasal drip. It happens when the mucus from the nasal passages and sinuses drain into the throat.

Other causes

  • Breathing through the mouth due to allergies or stuffy nose.
  • Stomach acid that backs up into the throat.
  • An injury on the back of the throat.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome that is characterised by inexplicable exhaustion, sleep problems, thinking problems and pain throughout the body.

Who is at risk of developing a sore throat?

Most people will experience an episode of sore throat more than once in their lifetime but there are certain individuals who may be more prone to this condition and these are: children, those who smoke, people with allergies and those with a compromised immune system.

Sore throat remedies

  • At the first sign of sore throat it is best to reach for available sore throat home remedies such as:
  • Gargle with a warm water and salt solution. A simple recipe is 1 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water. Do this every hour to keep the throat hydrated and moist.
  • Drink a lot of fluids. To help soothe the irritation, taking hot soup or tea are most advisable.
  • Use a vaporiser or humidifier in the room. If you do not have a humidifier, you can use a shallow pan of water to provide moisture in the air.
  • Avoid smoking or inhaling irritants.

You can also take non-prescription medications:

  • Medicated lozenges and medicated throat sprays that have a local anesthetic are the best to help numb the throat to soothe the pain.
  • Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin.

Preventive measures

Since a sore throat is mainly caused by infection, the best way to prevent it is by taking necessary steps to avoid infection. One very simple yet effective way of avoiding infection is by frequently washing your hands throughout the day. This ensures that no germs and bacteria will breed on your hands.

Other effective steps are:

  • Do not share drinking glasses and utensils with others.
  • Always use hand sanitizers whenever soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching commonly touched surfaces.
  • Minimise exposure to allergens.
  • Avoid smoking or getting exposed to secondary smoke.
  • Keep a humidifier in your room or inside the house to eliminate dryness.
Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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