Surviving Coughs and Colds

Coughs and colds are so common over the winter period. Although the boys have picked up a few bugs I've managed, somehow, to avoid most of what is going around and had my last cold just before Christmas.
As I was still breastfeeding I was limited to what I could take. I've been used to not using decongestants, cough medicines and other types of cold remedies since I fell pregnant in 2008, I had pregnancy and breastfeeding always restricting the medication I could take. Instead I was trying to combat a sore throat with honey and lemon, and infact I grew to quite like it.

My husband on the other hand will try anything to get rid of a sore throat, especially because it can affect his voice and working as a voiceover and radio presenter it isn't ideal when his voice isn't performing as usual.

Pharmacist Anna McLaughlin, Dr Mike Smith and ENT specialist Andrew McCombe offer their advice on behalf of Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray.

  1. Sore throat remedies often contain ingredients that treat the infection, in doing so though they are negatively interfering with your body’s own natural defences. “Ideally sufferers should use something that addresses the pain associated with the inflammation so it doesn’t dampen your body’s reaction but still eases the soreness” advises Dr. Mike Smith.
  1. A viral infection is the most common type of infection accounting for 90-95% of all cases. This will not respond to antibiotics so it’s best to treat the pain and let your body fight it naturally.
  1. Dr Mike Smith advises “When suffering with a sore throat one of the best things to do is keep away from other people - this is more about protecting yourself than them! It limits your chance of catching “secondary” infections while your immune system is weakened.”
  1. “Dehydration can be one of the main contributors to a sore throat” says pharmacist Anna McLaughlin. “Remember to stay hydrated by drinking of plenty of fluids. Adding a drop of Manuka Honey to warm water can create a great drink to help soothe the soreness”

  2. “Give your immune system a helping hand during the winter with a supplement such as Vitamin C and Zinc and try to incorporate five portions of fruit and vegetables into your diet” advises Anna.
  1. During the colder months germs are spread more quickly thanks to people spending more time indoors in heated environments. ENT specialist Andrew McCombe suggests that you “try to get as much fresh air as possible and don’t crank the heating up too high if you can help it!”
  1. “Try gargling with salt water to fight the infection as an alternative to hot water with honey” suggests Andrew.
  1. Rest – if you’re over-tired and you come down with a sore throat try to rest both your voice and yourself to fight the infection!
  1. “Avoid food or drink that is too hot as this can cause further irritation” suggests Dr Mike Smith.
  1. If your sore throat does not improve after two weeks or it is accompanied with a persistent fever, then visit your GP.
Ultra Chloraseptic® Anaesthetic Throat Spray provides an ideal way to help ease the pain of a sore throat fast and help you make the most of your day.  
Unlike some anaesthetic lozenges, which can numb the whole mouth area, Ultra Chloraseptic’s gentle spray goes directly to the site of the pain for faster, more effective and targeted relief.
Just three sprays of Ultra Chloraseptic can numb the pain in seconds, compared to some lozenges, which can take minutes to dissolve properly and take full effect.

Ultra Chloraseptic® Anaesthetic Throat Sprays are available in three great tasting, sugar-free flavours – Blackcurrant, Cherry and Original Menthol.
All are available in pocket-friendly capped bottles for ease of use ‘on the go’ bringing ultra-fast, ultra-effective relief for the pain and discomfort caused by sore throats.
The products contain the active ingredient benzocaine (a local anaesthetic to numb pain). The swivel head applicator delivers the spray straight to the throat, targeting the pain and working in seconds.
Ultra Chloraseptic® Anaesthetic Throat Sprays are available in most Boots, Superdrug, Grocery and leading pharmacies in the UK without prescription. Ultra Chloraseptic costs £5.21, with each bottle containing more than 100 sprays (30 adult doses) and is suitable for children 6 and over at the lower dose of 1 spray. Contains Benzocaine. Always read the label and visit www.ultrachloraseptic.co.uk for more information.
I recieved a Winter Survival Kit in exchange for this post.

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