Acute sore throat
In the case of an acute sore throat, those affected ask the pharmacist for advice and seek rapid help to overcome their symptoms. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "sore throat and hoarseness".
A cold often starts with an acute inflammation of the throat. The throat feels scratchy and hurts when swallowing. It is difficult to speak loudly, or the voice fails completely. Eating and drinking may cause pain and many affected persons seek quick relief – often at the chemist. There are numerous pharmaceutical preparations for local application, which can be used for self-medication. Amongst others, these are gargling solutions, lozenges, and some phytotherapeutics, for example those containing thyme or sage.
To enable PTA/pharmacists to recommend the optimal medication, the sick person needs to be asked a few questions by the pharmacist. Moreover, he needs to consider that a drug may possibly cause the symptoms or that a severe illness is at the bottom of it. In the case of children, it could, for example, be scarlet fever that triggers these complaints, in which case these are followed by a rash within two days and the tongue characteristically becomes very red. In such a case it is absolutely essential that the parents consult a paediatrician.
Important questions for the consultation
Information on the correct application of the recommended pharmaceutical preparation: Let the tablet dissolve slowly in your mouth, preferably in your cheek pouch. You should gargle sufficiently long with the solution. Do not rinse your mouth afterwards.
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