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Colds, flu and coughing: Over-the-counter products for pharyngitis and tonsillitis

J Van Schoor

Abstract


Pharyngotonsillitis is an inflammatory condition of the pharyngeal wall. Respiratory viruses are the major causes of pharyngitis, while bacteria account for 5-30% of cases. Once treatment of the underlying aetiology is considered and addressed, management of pharyngotonsillitis focuses on providing symptomatic relief. A variety of systemic and topical therapies are available. This brief review discusses over-the-counter medicines that may be  considered for both adults and children.



http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20786204.2013.10874371
AJOL African Journals Online