August 19, 2023

Sore Throat After COVID-19 Infection

In some cases, the virus can inflame the lungs and cause shortness of breath. Breathing exercises and a careful monitoring of symptoms can help you get more oxygen into your lungs and alleviate the discomfort. The symptom is more common in unvaccinated patients, though not all patients with COVID-19 experience it. If the symptom is severe and your condition deteriorates, seek medical care immediately.

Sore throat is one of the most frequent symptoms of coronavirus infection, and it can often appear with other COVID-19 symptoms or on its own. Some people also feel a general feeling of congestion or a runny nose.

Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help ease throat pain. Ibuprofen is typically more effective than acetaminophen, and it may be safer for certain individuals with certain medical conditions. Some studies have found that throat lozenges with menthol or benzocaine can also provide relief. However, these studies didn't specifically look at whether the lozenges or sprays helped with COVID-19 pain.

Increasing fluid intake and resting as much as possible can also reduce throat pain. Soothing warm liquids such as tea and broth can help relieve the discomfort. Some studies have also shown that some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices can help relieve a sore throat, including acupuncture and herbal remedies.

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