The five top causes of sore throats

Symptoms of a sore throat can include scratchiness, rawness, tenderness, dryness, and redness. Depending on the cause of your sore throat, you may experience sores, swelling and white patches. Here are the five most common causes of sore throats:

Viral infections

Viruses are responsible for most sore throats, with cold and flu viruses being the most common. Other viruses like measles, chickenpox and mumps can also cause pain and swelling in the throat. Viral infections can be accompanied by runny nose, coughing and hoarseness.

Bacterial infections

Bacteria can cause a sore throat, with Streptococcus bacteria being the usual suspects. Bacterial infections tend to be more painful than viral infections of the throat and require antibiotics. You are more likely to see white patches at the back of your throat and abscesses near your tonsils.

Smoke and irritants

There are several irritants and chemicals that can affect your throat and cause discomfort. Smoke from cigarettes and fires can cause dryness and rawness in your throat. Your throat may also react to pollution as well as dry air from air conditioners and heaters.


Allergic reactions to food and drink, as well as environmental triggers such as pollen, grasses and animal dander can cause throat irritations. You may also experience sneezing, watery eyes and a post nasal drip.


Believe it or not but you can cause injury to your throat by screaming, singing or talking loudly. This can cause your throat to become inflamed and painful.

Top five natural ingredients for soothing sore throats

  1. Liquorice
  2. Beleric
  3. Ginger
  4. Turmeric
  5. Menthol

These natural ingredients are some of Mother Nature’s best treatments for sore throats and have been used safely for years. You can find the special combination of these top five natural ingredients in Shaltoux natural lozenges. Get quick relief from your sore throat by sucking them throughout the day. They are safe for everyone, including children over the age of six.


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