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When it comes
to sore throat,
you've got it covered.

When your loved one tells you about a little itch in his throat, you know exactly what to do. BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution helps you defeat the viruses and bacteria before they get a chance to make their homes in someone’s throat. Most germs are killed by BETADINE®’s germ-killing action, stopping a small problem from becoming big.

Put BETADINE® to work and get your family back into play.

BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution is a povidone-iodine medicated gargle that kills most bacteria and viruses in your throat and oral cavity. At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle it for 30 seconds to stop an infection from growing.

Brand trusted worldwide in healthcare institutions and
homes for over 45 years.
Germ killing action
in 30 seconds
A quick gargle kills the bacteria and viruses in your throat and oral cavity.
Stop sore throat early Kill the germs that cause sore throat, preventing a small problem from becoming big.
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around you
BETADINE®® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution not only protects your throat but even the people around you against viruses.
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<strong>BETADINE<sup>®</sup></strong> 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution
BETADINE® 1% Oral Antiseptic Solution

A povidone-iodine medicated gargle that kills most bacteria and viruses in your throat and oral cavity.

<strong>BETADINE<sup>®</sup></strong> 10% Antiseptic Paint
BETADINE® 10% Antiseptic Paint

General quick drying antiseptic for the treatment of mouth sores (e.g. apthous ulcers) and cold sores (herpes labialis).

Dealing with
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.

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Simple steps for bringing the smiles back.
Step 1
Pour 15ml of BETADINE® Gargle into the cup.
Step 2
Swish part of the solution briefly in the mouth and spit it out.
Step 3
Tilt your head backwards and gargle for a total of 30 seconds by swirling the liquid at the throat.
Step 4
Spit out the solution. Repeat 2-4 times daily or as directed by your physician, dentist or pharmacist.

At the first signs of sore throat, gargle with BETADINE®.

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