Home Pharmacy (cont.)
Sore Throat, Headache, Earache, and Body Aches
- Many sore throats are caused by viruses but others may be due to a strep or
other bacterial infections. It is reasonable to treat the symptoms of a sore
throat for a few days but if symptoms don't resolve, a strep screen or throat
swab may be necessary to determine if
antibiotics are needed.
- Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are helpful in treating the pain associated
with cold and influenza.
- Benzocaine (Cepacol) is the active ingredient in cough drops and sprays
that helps to control the symptoms of a sore throat. It is also available as an
eardrop antipyrine (A/B
Octic, Aurodex, Rx-Octic), benzocaine
(Oticaine); as a dehydrated
glycerin (Auralgan) for temporary
relief of ear pain; and as a pain reliever for oral ulcers
toothache pain (Anbesol).
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