Allergy Symptoms

Tips to Ease Sore Throat Pain

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections which do not normally respond to antibiotics. If you come down with a sore throat, what can you do to relieve the symptoms? "While you may want the doctor to write a prescription for an antibiotic, these drugs are useless against viruses. However, viral sore throats are painful and can impact eating, swallowing and talking," states Lisa Chavis, R.Ph., author of Ask Your Pharmacist in an email correspondence. "Only about 10 percent of sore throats can be relieved via a prescription, so once the doctor has ruled out a bacterial infection, I often recommend that patients let the virus run its course and do some simple things to ease the suffering and make themselves more comfortable."

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Is Your Cough Allergy-Related?

Allergies may be the cause of your lingering, nagging cough. A cough is the body's way of ridding mucus and foreign particles, such as allergens or postnasal drip, from the throat and respiratory tract. Coughing is a common symptom of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever, and it is the most common respiratory symptom for which patients seek medical attention, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).

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