Sore throat

Updated 24 August 2016

How to treat your sore throat

A pain in the throat is usually the sign of another underlying condition, but can also be caused by ones lifestyle.


A sore throat is normally the result of a bacterial or viral infection and is often accompanied by tonsillitis (swollen or infected tonsils), and swollen glands under the jaw. It may even hurt you to swallow.                     

If your sore throat is bacterial or viral, you may also have a high temperature (38 degrees or higher), achy muscles, fatigue, headaches, a cough and even a runny nose.

It is recommended to see your GP if self-medication from the pharmacy (such as paracetamol or ibuprofen has not helped reduce the symptoms within a week.

Most sore throats are not serious and often pass in three to seven days.    

Avoid food and beverages that are too hot and could irritate your sore throat. Cooler and softer foods and drinks are more soothing. Throat lozenges, hard sweets, ice-cubes or ice lollies may help, and rinsing your mouth with luke-warm, salty water, may help reduce the swelling and pain.

Drinking enough fluids to help with a fever also helps relieve symptoms.

There are many options for self-medication, or ‘over the counter’ solutions from your pharmacist, which can usually help relieve the symptoms of a sore throat without the need to see a doctor.

 Because the bacteria or virus involved is usually caught from someone who is already infected, sore throats can spread from person to person, and it makes sense to choose a product that is suitable for your family members.  

There are Medi-Keel® A throat lozenges (relief within five minutes), a treatment spray and medicated gargle offering relief for sore throats. 

Medi-Keel® A lozenges have an anaesthetic (numbing), antibacterial and anti-fungal action and are available in 3 flavours: original, blackcurrant and honey & lemon.

When discussing your sore throat treatment needs with your doctor or pharmacist, ask about   Adcock Ingram’s Medi-Keel® A products that would be just right for you and your family. 

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S1 Medi-Keel A Throat Lozenges. Each lozenge contains cetylpyridinium chloride 
1,5 mg, benzocaine 12 mg. Reg. No. T/16.3/223. S1 Medi-Keel A Honey and Lemon Throat Lozenges. Each lozenge contains cetylpyridinium chloride 1,5 mg, benzocaine 12 mg. Reg. No. 33/16.3/0496. S1 Medi-Keel A Blackcurrant Throat Lozenges. Each lozenge contains cetylpyridinium chloride 1,5 mg, benzocaine 12 mg. Reg. No. 33/16.3/0495. S0 Medi-Keel A® Throat Spray. Each 100 ml contains phenol 0,5 g. Reg. No. T/16.4/184. S1 Medi-Keel A® Throat Gargle. Each 15 ml solution contains dibucaine hydrochloride 5 mg; benzocaine 30 mg; cetylpyridinium chloride 3,713 mg; benzyl alcohol 60 mg. Reg. No. H/16.3/199. 

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