The pain-relieving properties of anaesthetic throat spray Ultra Chloraseptic have been hailed by a doctor.
The throat spray could reduce sore throat pain within seconds, claimed GP Dr Paul Stillman.
Sore throats are caused by colds or flu, and usually get better within a week if left untreated, according to the NHS.
But, Ultra Chloraseptic’s active ingredients could speed up the process, claimed Stillman.
“Ultra Chloraseptic is an anaesthetic throat spray using the fast-acting ingredient, benzocaine, creating targeted pain relief within seconds, and helping to relieve discomfort when swallowing,” he said.
“Benzocaine works by blocking sodium and potassium from entering nerve cells and activating the pain pathway.
“As it is rapidly absorbed by mucosal membranes in the throat — the tissues which become painful and inflamed when we have a sore throat — benzocaine provides almost instant pain relief.
“However, absorption beyond the mucosal membranes is poor, so hardly any benzocaine reaches the bloodstream so overdosing is not an issue.”
Throat spray provides targeted pain relief in people with sore throats, unlike throat lozenges, added Stillman.
It’s also sugar-free, making it suitable for diabetes patients, or those looking to lower their daily sugar intake, he said.
Ear, nose and throat surgeon, Alasdair Mace, said: “Most cold germs are breathed in, so the first battle-front for our immune system is often the mucosal tissue lining our throat.
“Although sore throats are a relatively minor problem, and will eventually clear of their own accord, these infections cause considerable discomfort. Healthcare professionals should not dismiss the importance of fast symptom relief that targets the sore throat directly.”
An Ultra Chloraseptic survey revealed 49 per cent of sore throat patients felt like they were swallowing razor blades.
A quarter of people said they felt like they had no energy when suffering from a sore throat, and 35 per cent said they felt something scratchy at the back of their throat.
Everybody suffers about two sore throats a year, the survey revealed.
The NHS recommends taking ibuprofen or paracetamol for sore throats.
Drinking plenty of fluids, eating soft foods and avoiding smokey places could help to reduce the symptoms of a sore throat, it added.