Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is a sore throat?
A:

A sore throat is a common ailment in which there is swelling or irritation in the back of your throat, between your tonsils and voice box.

Q: What causes a sore throat?
A:

Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like ones that cause a cold or the flu, and do not require antibiotic treatment. Other common causes of sore throats include:

  • Bacteria
  • Allergies
  • Dry air
  • Pollution (airborne chemicals or irritants)
  • Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
Q: What are the signs and symptoms of a sore throat?
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A sore throat can make it painful to swallow, make your throat feel dry and scratchy, and may be a symptom of the common cold or other upper respiratory tract infection. The following symptoms are often associated with sore throats caused by a viral infection or due to allergies:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Watery eyes
  • Mild headache or body aches
  • Runny nose
  • Low fever (less than 101 °F)
Q: What are my treatment options?
A:

If you or your child has a sore throat , try the following tips:

  • Soothe a sore throat with ice chips, sore throat spray, popsicles, or lozenges (do not give lozenges to young children)
  • Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer
  • Gargle with salt water
  • Drink warm beverages
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain or fever (read about what is safe to give your child)

For upper respiratory infections, also try the following:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Use a clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer
  • Avoid smoking, secondhand smoke, and other pollutants (airborne chemicals or irritants)
  • Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain or fever (read about what is safe to give your child)
  • Use saline nasal spray or drops

Antibiotics are not needed to treat most sore throats, which usually improve on their own within 1–2 weeks. Antibiotics will not help if a sore throat is caused by a virus or irritation from the air. Antibiotic treatment in these cases may cause harm in both children and adults. Your healthcare professional may prescribe other medicine or give you tips to help with other symptoms like fever and coughing.

Q: How can Luden’s® help?
A:

For your minor throat irritations, great tasting Luden’s® throat drops soothe sore, irritated and dry throats with pectin.

Q: How can Sucret’s® help?
A:

For multi-symptom sore throat relief, Sucret’s ® offers a variety of products. Sucret’s® Complete helps you breathe easier by soothing irritated nasal passages and suppressing annoying coughs with menthol while the dyclonine quickly suppresses the burden of painful swallowing. For children ages 6 and up, Sucret’s® also offers Sucret’s® For Kids in great tasting cherry.

Q: How can Chloraseptic® help?
A:

For more severe sore throat pain, Chloraseptic® lozenges and sprays provide fast acting pain relief. Chloraseptic® lozenges contain benzocaine which temporarily relieves minor irritation, pain, sore mouth and throat. Chloraseptic® Sprays, which are alcohol free, aspirin free and sugar free, provide relief from sore throat and mouth pain with phenol. Chloraseptic® Sprays allow you to target the painful areas, to provide quick relief.

Chloraseptic®, when used as directed, provides safe, effective and fast relief.

Q: When should you seek medical attention?
A:

See a healthcare professional if you or your child has any of the following:

  • Sore throat that lasts longer than 1 week
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Excessive drooling (young children)
  • Temperature higher than 100.4 °F
  • Pus on the back of the throat
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Hoarseness lasting longer than 2 weeks
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Dehydration (symptoms include a dry, sticky mouth; sleepiness or tiredness; thirst; decreased urination or fewer wet diapers; few or no tears when crying; muscle weakness; headache; dizziness or lightheadedness)
  • Recurring sore throats

If your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever, it’s important to always call your healthcare professional right away.

Q: What increases your risk of sore throat?
A:

There are many things that can increase your risk for a sore throat, including:

  • Age (children and teens between 5 and 15 years old are most likely to get a sore throat)
  • Exposure to someone with a sore throat or strep throat
  • Time of year (winter and early spring are common times for strep throat)
  • Weather (cold air can irritate your throat)
  • Irregularly shaped or large tonsils
  • Pollution or smoke exposure
  • A weak immune system or taking drugs that weaken the immune system
  • Post-nasal drip or allergies
  • Acid reflux disease