Throat - sore; Pain - throat
Clean your hands frequently, especially before eating. This is a powerful way to help prevent many sore throat infections. You might avoid some sore throats by reducing contact with people with sore throats, but often these people are contagious even before they have symptoms, so this approach is less effective.
Not too long ago, tonsils were commonly removed in an attempt to prevent sore throats. This is no longer recommended in most circumstances.
A cool mist vaporizer or humidifier can prevent some sore throats caused by breathing dry air with an open mouth.
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Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/PHENYLEPHRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (gweye-FEN-eh-sin/fen-ill-EFF-rin) Chest Congestion Relief PE Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough and runny/stuffy nose (nasal congestion) caused by infections (such as
the common cold), allergies (such as hay fever), and other breathing illnesses.
This product is usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term
breathing problems (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by
your doctor. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening
mucus in the airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
Phenylephrine is a decongestant (sympathomimetic). It reduces nasal congestion
by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See...
Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
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