Sucking lozenges, aka lozenges, is powerful enough to quickly get rid of discomfort due to an itchy throat. However, it should be understood that even though they are marketed under the label "candy", lozenges contain active, drug-like ingredients that have potential side effects if consumed in excess. Come on, find out more about the pros and cons of this lozenges.
The lozenges method soothes the throat
Lozenges helps reduce annoying sore throat symptoms, such as a dry and tight sensation and itching in the throat. This is because lozenges usually contain a combination of different active ingredients, including:
- Low doses of local anesthetics, such as lignocaine hydrochloride and benzocaine, to relieve pain.
- Low dose antiseptic to kill the bacteria that cause sore throats.
- Menthols, such as peppermint and eucalyptus, act as decongestants to cool and soothe the throat.
Some doctor-prescribed lozenges may also contain low doses of NSAID pain medications, such as benzydamine hydrochloride and flurbiprofen to relieve inflammation in the throat.
Lozenges candy will increase saliva production as you continue to suck on it. Saliva will help lubricate dry throat passages and help keep the throat moist. This sucking motion also activates the medicinal ingredients in it, which then mixes with your saliva to coat the throat wall.
Avoid choosing lozenges that contain added sugar or flavoring so that your throat doesn't get itchier.
Are there any side effects of lozenges?
The potential side effects of lozenges are actually minimal. Many people do not experience any side effects, or if they are only mild side effects and disappear quickly after the last consumption.
However, if you experience some of the following symptoms after eating lozenges, you should immediately contact your doctor.
- Signs of an allergic skin reaction, such as a rash, itching, redness, swelling, blisters, or peeling. With or without fever.
- Wheezing, tightness in the chest or throat.
- Difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
- An unusual hoarse voice.
- Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Abnormal heartbeat, dizziness or severe headache.
- Limp or tired as if you were about to pass out.
Also keep in mind that lozenges are not a sore throat cure. These sweets only relieve sore throat symptoms in an emergency, they don't really get rid of the disease.
Sore throat is usually the most characteristic symptom of colds and flu due to viral or bacterial infections. So, the cure must be adjusted to the infection causing it.
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