Can Cold Medicines Cure a Sore Throat?

Q:
Can cold medicines cure a sore throat?

A:
A sore throat is an inflammation of the throat. It can be caused by viral or bacterial infections. If the cause is viral infections with a cold or the flu, a sore throat can resolve on its own, but cold medicines can help ease symptoms. However, if the cause is bacteria, cold medicines will not work.

These cold medicines include:

  • Pain medications, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen. (Don’t give children Aspirin).
  • Throat sprays and lozenges. (Don’t give young children Lozenges).
  • Decongestant nasal sprays. (Remember to stop using after three days).

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