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When sore throats get serious.

When sore throats get serious.

We all get a sore throat from time to time and while they can be a bit painful, they’re not usually dangerous.

Most sore throats get better on their own after about four days. But if a bacterial sore throat “strep throat” is not treated with antibiotics it can cause rheumatic fever in at-risk children and young people. 

It’s a good idea to be proactive. First, let’s start with the not so serious sore throat:

Around 85-95 per cent of sore throats are caused by viruses1 rather than bacteria and usually require no treatment other than symptom relief2. It might be painful but once your immune system kicks in, things should take care of themselves within a few days. That’s not to say you have to grin and bear the pain. Instead, head to your pharmacy for a fast-acting anti-inflammatory pain relief like Difflam. Difflam Forte throat spray can relieve pain in 60 seconds while Difflam Plus Lozenges can do the same in 90 seconds3.

Now for the more serious stuff:

If your symptoms include a fever over 38 degrees with a sore throat being the dominant symptom, the glands in your neck are swollen and your tonsils are large and covered in white stuff, your infection could be bacterial. This is when it’s so important to see your doctor, especially if a child is affected. Your doctor will confirm if the infection is bacterial or not and might prescribe antibiotics as a result.

Bacterial or viral, it’s good to treat the pain of a sore throat. Seek a fast acting treatment like Difflam and if things seem more serious, head to your doctor.

To purchase visit;

 https://unichempharmacy.co.nz/products/difflam-forte-throat-spray-15ml?_pos=1&_sid=2069eb5e7&_ss=r

 https://unichempharmacy.co.nz/products/difflam-anaesthetic-sore-throat-lozenges-berry?_pos=2&_sid=2069eb5e7&_ss=r

https://unichempharmacy.co.nz/products/difflam-anaesthetic-sore-throat-lozenges-honey-lemon?_pos=3&_sid=2069eb5e7&_ss=r

Ref:

1: Worrall GJ. Can Fam Physician. 2011;57 (7):791-4

2: Difflam-au-2018- Worrall2007 - Acute sore throat (v1.0)

3: iNova Data on file.

ALL DIFFLAM PRODUCTS ARE:

       

Ref 1: Data on File
Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional. INGREDIENTS: Difflam Throat Spray contains per mL: Benzydamine hydrochloride 1.5mg. Adults spray 4-8 times directly onto the sore/inflamed area. Children 6-12 years spray 4 times directly onto the sore/inflamed area. Repeat every 1.5 to 3 hours as necessary. Difflam Forte Throat Spray contains per mL: Benzydamine hydrochloride 3mg. Adults: spray 2-4 times directly onto the sore/inflamed area (and swallow gently). Repeat every 1.5-3 hours as necessary. Children 6-12 years: Spray 2 times directly onto the sore/inflamed area. Repeat every 1.5-3 hours as necessary. Do not exceed the stated dose, avoid contact with eyes. Each Difflam Lozenge contains Benzydamine hydrochloride 3mg, Cetylpyridinium chloride 1.33mg. Suck on 1 lozenge as required. Maximum 12 lozenges per day. Each Difflam PLUS Anaesthetic Lozenge contains Benzydamine hydrochloride 3mg, Lignocaine hydrochloride 4mg, Dichlorobenzyl alcohol 1.2mg. Suck on lozenge slowly every 2-3 hours, as required. Due to the anaesthetic effect, do not ingest hot food or drink directly after using the lozenges. Maximum 12 lozenges per day. Each Difflam Cough Lozenge contains Benzydamine hydrochloride 1.5mg, Cetylpyridinium chloride 1.33mg, Pholcodine 5.5mg. Adults 12+ years, slowly dissolve two lozenges in the mouth, one at a time. Repeat every 3 hours as required, up to a maximum of 12 lozenges per day. Children 6-12 years; slowly dissolve one lozenge in the mouth every 3 hours as required. Up to a maximum of 8 lozenges per day. Difflam Solution contains per 15mL: Benzydamine hydrochloride 22.5mg. Difflam-C Solution contains per 15mL: Benzydamine hydrochloride 22.5mg, Chlorhexidine Gluconate 18mg. Dosage of solutions: 15mL to be gargled or used as a mouth rinse every 1.5-3hrs. Hold in the mouth or gargle for 30 seconds. Solution should be expelled from the mouth after use. Difflam Mouth Gel contains Benzydamine hydrochloride 10mg/g, Cetylpyridinium chloride 1mg/g. Difflam is not recommended for children under 6 years. Do not exceed the stated dose. Uninterrupted treatment should not exceed 7 days unless under medical supervision. All Difflam products are pregnancy category B2. Difflam Cough Lozenge & Difflam mouth gel packaging may vary in store. Distributed in New Zealand by Radiant Health Ltd, C/O Supply Chain Solutions, 74 Westney Road, Airport Oaks, AUCKLAND 2022. Free Phone 0508 RADIANT. TAPS NA 10997; NZ-2019-04-0008

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