At one point or another, you’ve probably had a sore throat, and, depending on who you go to for advice, there’s a lot of conflicting ideas about this common condition. From the internet to your favorite tita, there are some myths some folks can’t help believing, so we prepared this handy guide to help you get your facts straight!
MYTH: HAVING A SORE THROAT MEANS YOU HAVE TONSILLITIS
Having a sore throat is no fun, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have tonsillitis. If you are starting a cold, the sore throat will be a prelude to sniffles and possible coughing – the sore throat should go away in a few days as you treat the cold. If the cause is tonsillitis, you will experience a painful inflammation at the back of your throat, which will appear red and swollen. In addition, your lymph nodes (on either side of your neck) will be tender to the touch. Identifying what you have is the first step to treating it
MYTH: SORE THROATS CAN ONLY BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS
Oftentimes, sore throats are caused by a cold virus, which don’t need antibiotics for treatment. Sometimes, it may be the result of a simple bacterial infection. If you’re not running a fever, resorting to antibiotics would be like using a fire extinguisher to put out your birthday candles. In addition, you can run the risk of developing an immunity to antibiotics if you use them too often. Basically, if you don’t have a fever, you don’t need to resort to extreme measures.
MYTH: COLD/FLU MEDICINES CAN CURE SORE THROAT
Cold medicines don’t cure your sore throat – they address the symptoms and specific etiologies that are causing it. For example, decongestants help address the postnasal drip that irritates
the throat, while the antibiotics used to treat a bacterial infection would only address the bacteria in question, and not the sore throat.
MYTH: MILK IRRITATES SORE THROATS
The origins of this one stem from the fact that dairy products causes phlegm to thicken, which can irritate the throat further, but it doesn’t actually cause an increase in phlegm production. In fact, some doctors actually recommend drinking or eating dairy products such as milk, pudding, or even cream-based soups to sooth sore throats.
MYTH: COLD FOOD AND DRINKS ARE BAD FOR SORE THROAT
While hot drinks are known to have relieving effects on sore throat, it’s widely believed that ice-cream and cold drinks can have the opposite effect. As revealed in a 2013 article, ice cream may help in lowering the temperature of the throat’s nerve endings, and the pain signals they produce. Natural pain relief occurs due to the cold activating the body’s natural melastin 8 transient receptor.
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IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.
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