oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Sore throats : a review of gargles and lozenges : ear, nose and throat

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



A sore throat is one of the most common conditions with which patients present in the pharmacy. It is usually caused by viral (90%) or bacterial infections (10%). Sore throats usually clear up on their own, without intervention by healthcare professionals. However, it is important to know when intervention is needed. There is no specific treatment for a sore throat caused by cold viruses, but suggestions can be given on how to alleviate pain that is associated with a sore throat. This article will detail what pharmacist's assistants need to know about sore throats, as wellas the use of gargles and lozenges to alleviate the discomfort, pain and scratchiness associated with sore throats.

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