Possible And Sometimes Surprising Reasons You May Have A Sore Throat

by | Jul 31, 2023 | WH Promotion & Events

A sore throat can be a real nuisance, causing discomfort and making it difficult to eat, talk or swallow8. While we often associate sore throats with common colds or the flu, there are several surprising reasons you might experience this irritating symptom.

Cepacol®, known for its sore throat lozenges and hot medication, explores some unexpected culprits behind sore throats and provides effective remedies to help you find relief.

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Possible causes


Did you know that allergies can cause a sore throat? Allergies can result in postnasal drip, where excessive mucus flows down the back of the nasal passage into the throat. This can cause a persistent and uncomfortable sore throat1a.

Mouth Breathing

Breathing through your mouth instead of your nose can result in a dry and sore throat. It can be caused by nasal congestion, excess mucus or habits like sleeping with your mouth open1b.

Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux can irritate the throat and cause a sore throat7. Stomach acid travels back up into the oesophagus, irritating its lining. This irritation can lead to a sore throat7.

Dry Air

Dry air, especially during the winter months or in arid climates, can strip the throat of moisture and lead to a sore throat.

Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones are small lumps of hardened material that can develop in the tonsils. They can cause an irritable cough, earache or a sore throat3.

Respiratory Infections

While colds and flu viruses are commonly associated with sore throats, bacterial infections such as group A strep, which causes strep throat, can also cause this symptom4.

How the Cepacol® Cough & Cold Range Can Provide Relief

In addition to Cepacol® Throat Lozenges with four flavours (Regular, Honey & Lemon, Menthol, Blackcurrant)5, the Cepacol® Cough & Cold range now includes the addition of the new Cepacol® Throat Spray which contains a combination of ivy leaf, pelargonium, and menthol. It provides temporary pain and discomfort relief.6

Cepacol® understands the daily needs of individuals experiencing a sore throat, so, if you’re dealing with a sore throat, there’s a Cepacol® for that!

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Cepacol® has always been your trusted companion for providing soothing relief for colds and flu symptoms. But this winter, we’re taking it a step further!

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So, whether you’re fighting off the winter sniffles or battling through power outages, Cepacol® has got you covered for both your health and power needs. Keep watching our social media channels for the competition details. *T’s & C’s apply

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  2. Maple. Why does my throat hurt every winter? Available from:  https://www.getmaple.ca/blog/2022/12/02/why-does-my-throat-hurt-every-winter/. Last accessed May 2023. 
  3. Health Direct. Tonsil stones. Available from: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/tonsil-stones. Last accessed May 2023. 
  4. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Sore throat. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/sore-throat.html. Last accessed May 2023.
  5. CEPACOL® Throat Lozenges approved professional information, February 2022. 
  6. CEPACOL® Throat Spray approved professional information, February 2022. 
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  8. Medical News Today. How to deal with a sore throat. Available from: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/311449. Last accessed June 2023.

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