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Caring for a sore throat?
Here's what you need to know
What is a sore throat?

A sore throat (pharyngitis and tonsillitis) often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold. Common types of viruses which may lead to sore throat include influenza (flu) virus and measles virus. There may be times when a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, which is usually called strep throat.

 

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat (pharyngitis and tonsillitis) often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold. Common types of viruses which may lead to sore throat include influenza (flu) virus and measles virus. There may be times when a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, which is usually called strep throat.

 

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.

What are the causes of sore throat?
 

More than 80% of sore throat is caused by viruses such as Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza and Coronavirus. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throat, which is usually called strep throat.

 

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

 

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is important to use a medication that is proven effective across the different types and classes of germs.

What are the causes of sore throat?
 

More than 80% of sore throat is caused by viruses such as Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza and Coronavirus. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throat, which is usually called strep throat.

 

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

 

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is important to use a medication that is proven effective across the different types and classes of germs.

Why is it important to treat early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?
 

The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want the viruses and bacteria to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.

 

Why is it important to treat early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?
 
The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want the viruses and bacteria to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.
 
What are viruses and bacteria?

Viruses are tiny germs that rely on living cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

 

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – while some cause infections that trigger conditions such as strep throat and some ear infections. 

What are viruses and bacteria?

Viruses are tiny germs that rely on living cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

 

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – while some cause infections that trigger conditions such as strep throat and some ear infections. 

Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of salt water?

Salt water has no clear scientific evidence on its mode of germ killing action. 

BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution has proven scientific evidence on its germ killing activity against the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throat. With a 30-second gargle, BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is scientifically proven to kill germs.

Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of salt water?

Salt water has no clear scientific evidence on its mode of germ killing action. 

BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution has proven scientific evidence on its germ killing activity against the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throat. With a 30-second gargle, BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is scientifically proven to kill germs.

Should self-medication with antibiotics be done for sore throat?
 

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.

 

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor.  Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

 

For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either.

 

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Should self-medication with antibiotics be done for sore throat?
 

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.

 

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor.  Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

 

For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either.

 

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Why is BETADINE® effective?

BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution works against the most common viruses and bacteria that cause sore throats. Unlike other antimicrobial agents, no clinically significant episodes of resistance have been reported. Research has also shown that the povidone-iodine in BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution has a 30 seconds killing effect against a broad spectrum of viruses such as Avian and Bird Flu.

Why is BETADINE® effective?
BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution works against the most common viruses and bacteria that cause sore throats. Unlike other antimicrobial agents, no clinically significant episodes of resistance have been reported. Research has also shown that the povidone-iodine in BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution has a 30 seconds killing effect against a broad spectrum of viruses such as Avian and Bird Flu.
Do lozenges have a role in healing a sore throat?
 

Most lozenges offer only a symptomatic relief; for instance in soothing the throat. There is no clear evidence of the effectiveness of lozenges against common throat infections. On the other hand, BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution treats the source of the infection with a germ killing effect on a broad spectrum of germs that cause sore throat.

 

These confectionary candy lozenges have a base composed of a mixture of sugar and other carbohydrate bulking agents, which are used by plaque bacteria, producing acids that attack the tooth. Acid attack may penetrate below the tooth surface, and some tooth minerals may be lost. In the long-run, it might cause tooth decay.

Do lozenges have a role in healing a sore throat?
 

Most lozenges offer only a symptomatic relief; for instance in soothing the throat. There is no clear evidence of the effectiveness of lozenges against common throat infections. On the other hand, BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution treats the source of the infection with a germ killing effect on a broad spectrum of germs that cause sore throat.

 

These confectionary candy lozenges have a base composed of a mixture of sugar and other carbohydrate bulking agents, which are used by plaque bacteria, producing acids that attack the tooth. Acid attack may penetrate below the tooth surface, and some tooth minerals may be lost. In the long-run, it might cause tooth decay.

How can you reduce the risk of getting sore throats?
 

Since most sore throats are caused by a viral or bacterial infection, there are steps that you can take to prevent getting an infection:

  • Avoid sharing utensils with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • If you have an allergy, avoid exposure to allergens
  • Practice proper hand and throat hygiene by using an antiseptic hand wash and gargle, such as BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution to prevent passing on germs within the family or community
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick
  • Stay away from people who are ill, as viruses that cause the common cold can spread, and is one of the most common causes of sore throats.

How can you reduce the risk of getting sore throats?
 

Since most sore throats are caused by a viral or bacterial infection, there are steps that you can take to prevent getting an infection:

  • Avoid sharing utensils with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
  • If you have an allergy, avoid exposure to allergens
  • Practice proper hand and throat hygiene by using an antiseptic hand wash and gargle, such as BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution to prevent passing on germs within the family or community
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as viruses can enter your body this way and make you sick
  • Stay away from people who are ill, as viruses that cause the common cold can spread, and is one of the most common causes of sore throats.
Will BETADINE®® Gargle stain the teeth?
 

No, BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution does not stain the teeth. The natural brown colour is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient of BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution. The product retains the powerful germ killing effect of iodine but unlike iodine, it is generally non-staining and relatively free of toxicity and irritancy.

 

BETADINE®® preparations do not stain the skin, fingernails, hair, or natural fibre either. If you accidentally get BETADINE®® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE®® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

 

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Will BETADINE®® Gargle stain the teeth?
 

No, BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution does not stain the teeth. The natural brown colour is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient of BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution. The product retains the powerful germ killing effect of iodine but unlike iodine, it is generally non-staining and relatively free of toxicity and irritancy.

 

BETADINE®® preparations do not stain the skin, fingernails, hair, or natural fibre either. If you accidentally get BETADINE®® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE®® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

 

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

What happens if I accidentally swallow BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution?
 

While the product is for external use only, a mouthful of accidental ingestion of BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is not of high concern. However, prolonged ingestion should be avoided. Any consumption of huge amount of BETADINE® orally should also be avoided. For further information, please consult your local doctor or pharmacist.

 

What happens if I accidentally swallow BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution?
 
While the product is for external use only, a mouthful of accidental ingestion of BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is not of high concern. However, prolonged ingestion should be avoided. Any consumption of huge amount of BETADINE® orally should also be avoided. For further information, please consult your local doctor or pharmacist.
 
How quickly does BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution work?

BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution contains povidone-iodine that kills the viruses and bacteria that cause most sore throat, in a 30-second gargle. However, it is impossible to say how quickly you will feel better, because it depends on the severity of the infection and how strong your immune system is.

 

How quickly does BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution work?
BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution contains povidone-iodine that kills the viruses and bacteria that cause most sore throat, in a 30-second gargle. However, it is impossible to say how quickly you will feel better, because it depends on the severity of the infection and how strong your immune system is.
 
How different is BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution from other daily mouth wash brands in the market?

Cosmetic mouthwashes are meant to freshen breath while BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is a clinically proven medicated formulation for treatment and protection against throat and oral infection.

 

How different is BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution from other daily mouth wash brands in the market?

Cosmetic mouthwashes are meant to freshen breath while BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is a clinically proven medicated formulation for treatment and protection against throat and oral infection.
 
Who should not use BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution?
 

The suggested age to use BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is 6 years and above because children below the age of 6 probably do not know how to gargle properly yet.

 

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution due to the potential risks to the fetus/infant. There is a possible chance that the fetus/infant may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.

Who should not use BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution?
 

The suggested age to use BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is 6 years and above because children below the age of 6 probably do not know how to gargle properly yet.

 

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution due to the potential risks to the fetus/infant. There is a possible chance that the fetus/infant may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.

How can we protect our loved ones from sore throat?
 

Viruses and bacteria that cause sore throat can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touching something that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

 

When a loved one suffers from sore throat, flu or a cold, practicing proper throat and oral hygiene like gargling with BETADINE® helps. This lessens the chances of other family members suffering from it too by killing the germs before they have a chance to act.

How can we protect our loved ones from sore throat?
 

Viruses and bacteria that cause sore throat can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touching something that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

 

When a loved one suffers from sore throat, flu or a cold, practicing proper throat and oral hygiene like gargling with BETADINE® helps. This lessens the chances of other family members suffering from it too by killing the germs before they have a chance to act.