Treatments for Sore Throat
Treatments for Sore Throat:
Treatment plans for a sore throat are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, minimizes the discomfort of a sore throat, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to swallow and rest comfortably.
When a sore throat is caused by a viral infection, such as influenza or an upper respiratory infection, the treatment is supportive care, including rest, increased fluids and using a vaporizer and sore throat lozenges. When a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, such as in strep throat, antibiotics are prescribed as well.
Sore throat that is caused by an allergy may be treated with antihistamine medication and avoiding exposure to the allergen that causes the allergy. Quitting smoking can improve a chronically sore throat due to smoking and decrease the risk of developing lung cancer. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is treated with eating frequent small meals and antacids and a variety of other medications.
Serious causes of a sore throat, such as severe throat trauma, epiglottitis, or airway obstruction require hospitalization, intensive care and possibly life support measures, including intubation of the airway and mechanical ventilation.
Treatment List for Sore Throat
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources
for Sore Throat
includes the following list.
Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment
or change in treatment plans.
Alternative Treatments for Sore Throat
Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Sore Throat may include:
- Lemon juice and warm water gargle
- Warm salt water gargle
- Warm salt water and Listerine gargle
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Drugs and Medications used to treat Sore Throat:
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or change in treatment plans.
Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Sore Throat include:
- Cepacol Sore Throat
- Cetylpyridinium and Benzocaine
- Cepacol Anesthetic Troches
- S.T. 37%
- Sucrets ORiginal
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