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What to Do When Your Throat Hurts

Having that scratchy feeling on your throat that hurts when you swallow? That could be a sign that your throat is irritated, inflamed, or even infected.

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Some throat problems are generally minor and may go away on their own.

Here are some ways that may help you relieve sore throat:

1.Try hot tea like chamomile tea with lemon or some hot soup. Ginger tea may also help.

2. Gargle with warm salt water that can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions.     

3. Keep your throat moist with lozenges or water.

4. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids.

5. Gargle with warm salt water or use ice chips.

6. Throat sprays such as those with propolis and over-the-counter pain relievers can help, too. Propolis has properties that can heal wound effectively like in sore throats.

7. You may use a humidifier or vaporizer, especially when sleeping, to keep air from getting too dry.

If the sore throat persists for several days or is accompanied by fever, please consult your doctor.

Reference:

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2013/03/soothing-sore-throat

https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/sore-throat-natural-remedies

Esposito C et al. Phytomedicine (2020), doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phymed.2020.153368

Dealing with Post-nasal Drip

Did you ever take notice of times when you had a runny nose that was accompanied by a tickle in the back of your throat which triggered you to cough or clear your throat? That is probably post-nasal drip following an allergy, upper airway infection (i.e., common cold), inhalation of irritants in the air (i.e., fumes or dust) or even an exposure to a cold and dry weather.

Regardless of the cause, the problem with post-nasal drip is the steady trickle of mucus from the back of the nose that irritates the throat, a nagging cough or other symptoms. While post-nasal drip as a symptom of an upper airway condition is very common, there are several things that a person can do to deal with post-nasal drip. These include home remedies and over-the-counter medications:

     • A humidifier may help moisturize airways and improve symptoms

     • Being hydrated is beneficial in thinning the mucus

     • Sleeping propped up on pillows will keep the mucus from collecting at the back of the throat

     • Nasal wash or irrigation is effective in clearing away excess mucus

     • Decongestant and antihistamine medications help in controlling the swelling and production of mucus

In most cases, post-nasal drip is uncomfortable but is generally not dangerous. However, experiencing the following symptoms should prompt someone to consult a doctor:

     • Unexplained fever

     • Bloody mucus

     • Wheezing or shortness of breath

     • Foul smelling drainage

     • Persistent symptoms despite treatment

For allergies, it is also good to consider the environmental factors by dusting and vacuuming often at home. Covering mattresses and pillowcases and using air filter can help reduce exposure to allergy triggers.

Nasal washing using a nasal spray or irrigation solution helps in keeping the nasal passages clean. It also helps prevent attendant complications by flushing away irritants that cause allergy such as dirt, dust, pollens and infectious agents like bacteria and viruses. Nasal saline spray or irrigation has been reported to relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis and improve the quality of life.

Though this condition may linger for weeks or months, most of the causes can be quickly identified and generally improve with appropriate treatment.


References:

Treatments for post-nasal drip.

Rabago D, Zgierska A. Saline nasal irrigation for upper respiratory conditions. Am Fam Physician. 

Orthroat Spray for Mouth

Orthroat Spray for Mouth

Sore throat? Mouth and throat infections? Bothersome “singaw?” Or just want to freshen up your breath and throat after hours and hours of online meetings? Orthroat can do wonders for you! Because at these times, more than ever, your throat needs better protection.

• Orthroat Spray for Mouth’s main ingredient is Propolis, a natural substance produced by honeybees used to fortify their hive.
     • Propolis has numerous health benefits, including its ability to fight off infections caused by different types of bacteria, fungi and even viruses.
     • Propolis also has wound-healing and anti-inflammatory to help various forms of mouth and throat irritations, including singaw and sore throat.
     • Not all propolis are created equal. Orthroat’s European Propolis comes from Croatia, touted for its robust biologic benefits.

• Orthroat Spray for Mouth also contains Glycerin. Glycerin has moisturizing and soothing properties. Spraying Orthroat creates a protective film of Propolis and Glycerin on your mouth and throat.

• Orthroat is also infused with Mentha piperita (peppermint) essential oil for taste and to give your breath that extra kick of freshness.

• Orthroat Spray for mouth comes in a convenient, carry-anywhere 20 mL bottle, to make sure that you are covered anytime, anywhere.

• Orthroat’s easy-to-use nozzle can be swiveled 360 degrees, making sure you can target Orthroat Spray to where you need it the most.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor

Common Ears, Nose, and Throat Problems and Some Helpful Ways to Treat Them

Conditions of the ears, nose and throat are commonly experienced. Just like any condition in our body, they require care and attention to prevent them from getting worse and affecting our daily lives. In this blog, let’s examine some of the most common ear, nose and throat problems among both adults and children.

Middle Ear Infection

Middle ear infections or Otitis Media affects more than 80% of kids around 3 years old, according to Stanford Children’s Health. While this can also affect adults, it is more prevalent among children because of their still developing immune system and other factors such as being fed from a bottle while laying on their backs. 

When you have cold or allergies, you may also experience swelling and congestion of the lining of the nose, throat, and a connection between the middle ear and the nose. This can encourage the growth of viruses and bacteria in the ear, leading to middle ear infections.

The symptoms of this common ear conditions include but not limited to fever, hearing difficulties and pain. These are often treated with PAIN MEDICATIONS AND PRESCRIPTION ANTIBIOTICS. Antibiotics can have some side-effects when improperly used so be sure to consult with your doctor.

Nasal Congestion

Nasal CONGESTION is characterized by the blockage of nasal passages, resulting in difficulty breathing from the nose. This may be a result of cold, flu, allergic rhinitis, nasal polyps, infections and more. Patients with these conditions may experience stuffiness in the nose, difficulty breathing, facial pain, and loss or weakened sense of smell. 

DEPENDING ON THE CAUSE, THESE CONDITIONS MAY RESOLVE ON ITS OWN OR REQUIRE MEDICAL TREATMENT.

Non-medicated saline sprays and decongestant drops may be helpful in unblocking the nose and to restore comfortable breathing. Don’t forget to consult with your doctor especially if symptoms persist.

Sinusitis 

Sinusitis is an infection or swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses. It is commonly caused by a number of conditions such as common cold, nasal polyps, and allergies. Sinusitis among children may also be brought about by use of pacifiers, drinking from a bottle while lying on their backs, and second-hand smoking.

People with sinusitis may experience headache, stuffy nose, postnasal drip, teeth pain, cough, fever, bad breath and loss of smell. Similar to ear infections, sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Sinunasal irrigations also help gently wash the nasal passages and the sinus cavities to remove bacteria, viruses, and allergens.

Tonsillitis 

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of your tonsils which are the two masses of tissue at the back of your throat. Almost every child around the world has experienced tonsillitis. Adults may experience tonsillitis too but not as frequent.

Tonsillitis is more than that as those who suffer from it may also have sore throat, fever, headache, ear pain, loss of appetite, muffled voice, and bad breath. Tonsillitis among children may also include vomiting and stomach pain.

Treatments for tonsillitis vary based on its cause. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, and there are also some home remedies that you can do to ease your condition. These include getting lots of rest, drinking warm fluids, gargling with warm salt water, USE OF SOOTHINGTHROAT SPRAYS SUCH AS THOSE CONTAINING PROPOLIS, AND over-the-counter pain medications.

A Word of Caution 

It is still best to consult your doctor before taking any medicines related to these common ear, nose and throat problems. When buying your prescriptions, nasal spray, sinunasal irrigations, and other medical supplies, make sure to get them from an ethical pharmacy that provides affordable and high-quality products.

References:


https://www.aentassociates.com/the-most-common-ent-problems/

https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=otitis-media-middle-ear-infection-90-P02057

https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/service/ear-nose-throat/conditions/nasal-obstruction

https://patient.info/ears-nose-throat-mouth/nasal-congestion

https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=sinusitis-in-children-90-P02063&sid= 

Helpful Tips for Sore Throat

Does your throat feel achy, painful, burning, or irritated? You might be experiencing a sore throat.

Sore throat could be a bothering ailment that would call for remedies for relief and to prevent worsening of the condition. Here are some easy to follow and practical means to deal with that bothersome “sore in your throat”:

1. STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM DEFENSE. Have a healthy diet, enough rest and adequate sleep. 

2. PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE to avoid infection. Regularly perform proper hand and oral hygiene to eliminate germs that may cause sore throat.

3. REST YOUR VOICE adequately.

4. Drink plenty of fluids to STAY HYDRATED and to keep your throat moist.

5. AVOID DRINKS such as coffee and alcohol that may dehydrate your body.

6. STAY AWAY FROM CIGARETTE SMOKE AND CHEMICALS that can irritate the throat.

7. Take warm liquids and use naturally sourced PRODUCTS WITH SOOTHING PROPERTIES, LIKE HONEY AND PROPOLIS.

8. GARGLE WITH WARM SALTWATER solution that can help soothe your throat.

9. AVOID CLOSED, CONGESTED OR HUMID environments.


It is always best to consult your doctor if you feel persisting, worsening or recurring symptoms of throat irritations such as hoarse voice,, itchy, dry, scratchy or painful throat, difficulty in swallowing and fever.