WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A sore throat that interferes with eating and talking is a reason to visit the doctor, particularly in the case of a child, as strep throat may be to blame. The bacteria that causes strep throat -- Group A streptococcus -- is the cause of about 10 percent of sore throats each year, with school-age children the likely sufferers. "If strep throat is the culprit, it's important to administer antibiotics right away," says Lisa Chavis, R.Ph., pharmacist consultant to Cepacol(R) sore throat products and author of "Ask Your Pharmacist" (St. Martin's Press, 2001).
"In most cases, however, doctors will need to take a throat culture to confirm the diagnosis before writing the prescription, particularly now that there's been a backlash against the over-prescribing of antibiotics," adds Chavis. "Not all doctors are using the 10-minute strep test now available." Chavis says waiting for the results of a throat culture -- even if just for a day -- can feel like a lifetime if you have a painful sore throat.
"I recommend that while the patient is waiting for test results, they can consider using an over-the-counter treatment, such as Maximum Strength Cepacol(R) Spray, to ease the pain associated with strep throat." Chavis also recommends continuing this course of action even after the patient starts taking the antibiotics, as these throat-soothing products will not interfere with the prescription medication used to fight the infection. Home therapy techniques, such as gargling with salt water, using a humidifier and drinking plenty of fluids may also help ease the pain while the antibiotics kill the bacteria.
Cepacol(R) sore throat products are available over-the-counter in both lozenges and sprays, and are available in a variety of great tasting flavors. "The cherry or honey-lemon sprays are great for children over the age of three, since the taste makes for better compliance and the spray allows for easy application."
For more information on throat saving tips and to see if your city is one of the Cepacol(R) "Sore Spots," which highlights the top five cities with the highest percentage of its population suffering from colds/flu for a particular week, visit http://www.cepacol.com/.
CONTACT: Laurie Lindenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org, orSamantha Fiedler, both of Robin Leedy & Associates, +1-914-241-0086, forCepacol