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Caring for a sore throat?
Here's what you need to know
What is a sore throat?

A sore throat (pharyngitis5 and tonsilitis) 44 often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold5.

Sometimes, a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection43.

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.

What is a sore throat?
A sore throat (pharyngitis5 and tonsilitis) 44 often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold5.

Sometimes, a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection43.

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.
What are the causes of sore throats?

More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44 . Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5, 43, 44.

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is good to use a preparation that target different types and classes of germs.

What are the causes of sore throats?
More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44 . Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5, 43, 44.

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is good to use a preparation that target different types and classes of germs.
Why is it important to treat early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?

The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want germs to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.

Why is it important to treat early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?
The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want germs to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.
What are viruses and bacteria?

Viruses are tiny organisms that rely on human or animal cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body27. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies27. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – and some cause infections27.

What are viruses and bacteria?
Viruses are tiny organisms that rely on human or animal cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body27. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies27. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – and some cause infections27.
Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of home remedies like salt water?

Salt-water gargle is considered a home remedy which contains salt only.

BETADINE® Gargle has scientific research on its germ killing activity against germs that can cause sore throats1-3. With a 30-second gargle, BETADINE® Gargle kill germs2. Individual response varies*.

Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of home remedies like salt water?
Salt-water gargle is considered a home remedy which contains salt only.

BETADINE® Gargle has scientific research on its germ killing activity against germs that can cause sore throats1-3. With a 30-second gargle, BETADINE® Gargle kill germs2. Individual response varies*.
Should a sore throat be treated by antibiotics?

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because some sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.6

For the same reasons, other viral infections like flu should not be treated with antibiotics either6.

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor.
Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Should a sore throat be treated by antibiotics?
Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because some sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over-use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.6

For the same reasons, other viral infections like flu should not be treated with antibiotics either6.

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor.
Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Why BETADINE®?

BETADINE® Gargle kills germs that cause sore throats1, 2 .Research has also shown that the povidone-iodine (PVPI) in BETADINE® Gargle has a 30 seconds killing effect against germs through 30 sec gargling34. Individual response varies.

Why BETADINE®?
BETADINE® Gargle kills germs that cause sore throats1, 2 .Research has also shown that the povidone-iodine (PVPI) in BETADINE® Gargle has a 30 seconds killing effect against germs through 30 sec gargling34. Individual response varies.
Does a lozenge help with a sore throat?

Some lozenges provide temporary relief that soothe the throat. BETADINE® Gargle the kill germs that cause sore throats1, 2.

Does a lozenge help with a sore throat?
Some lozenges provide temporary relief that soothe the throat. BETADINE® Gargle the kill germs that cause sore throats1, 2.
How can you reduce the risk of getting sore throats?

Since most sore throats are caused by germs5, there are steps that you can take to prevent getting an infection:

  • Avoid sharing utensils with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Practice proper hand and throat hygiene by using an antiseptic hand wash and
    gargle, such as BETADINE® Gargle to kill germs and prevent passing on germs
    within the family or community2.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as germs can.
  • enter your body this way and make you sick.
  • Stay away from people who are ill, as germs can spread.

How can you reduce the risk of getting sore throats?
Since most sore throats are caused by germs5, there are steps that you can take to prevent getting an infection:

  • Avoid sharing utensils with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap.
  • Practice proper hand and throat hygiene by using an antiseptic hand wash and
    gargle, such as BETADINE® Gargle to kill germs and prevent passing on germs
    within the family or community2.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands as germs can.
  • enter your body this way and make you sick.
  • Stay away from people who are ill, as germs can spread.
Will BETADINE® Gargle stain the teeth?

No, BETADINE® Gargle does not stain the teeth. The natural brown colour is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient of BETADINE® Gargle. The product retains the germ killing effect of iodine but unlike iodine, it is generally non-staining3.

BETADINE® preparations do not stain the skin, fingernails, hair, or natural fibre either.3 If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Will BETADINE® Gargle stain the teeth?
No, BETADINE® Gargle does not stain the teeth. The natural brown colour is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient of BETADINE® Gargle. The product retains the germ killing effect of iodine but unlike iodine, it is generally non-staining3.

BETADINE® preparations do not stain the skin, fingernails, hair, or natural fibre either.3 If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.
What happens if I accidentally swallow BETADINE® Gargle?

While the product is for external use only, a bit of accidental ingestion of BETADINE® Gargle is not of high concern. However, prolong ingestion should be avoided. Any consumption of huge amount of BETADINE® orally should consult your local doctor or pharmacist.

What happens if I accidentally swallow BETADINE® Gargle?
While the product is for external use only, a bit of accidental ingestion of BETADINE® Gargle is not of high concern. However, prolong ingestion should be avoided. Any consumption of huge amount of BETADINE® orally should consult your local doctor or pharmacist.
How quickly does BETADINE® Gargle work?

BETADINE® Gargle contains povidone-iodine that kills the germs that cause sore throats1-3, in a 30-second gargle. However, it is impossible to say how quickly you will feel better. Individual response condition varies*.

How quickly does BETADINE® Gargle work?
BETADINE® Gargle contains povidone-iodine that kills the germs that cause sore throats1-3, in a 30-second gargle. However, it is impossible to say how quickly you will feel better. Individual response condition varies*.
How different is BETADINE® Gargle from other daily mouth wash brands in the market?

Some cosmetic mouthwashes are meant for fresh breath while BETADINE® Gargle is a medicated formulation for treatment and prevention against throat and oral infection10.

How different is BETADINE® Gargle from other daily mouth wash brands in the market?
Some cosmetic mouthwashes are meant for fresh breath while BETADINE® Gargle is a medicated formulation for treatment and prevention against throat and oral infection10.
Who should not use BETADINE® Gargle?

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Gargle due to the potential risks to the fetus. There is a possible chance that the fetus may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.

Who should not use BETADINE® Gargle?
Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Gargle due to the potential risks to the fetus. There is a possible chance that the fetus may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.
How can we protect our loved ones from sore throats?

Germs that cause sore throats can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touching something that has the germs on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

When a loved one suffers from sore throat, flu or a cold, practicing proper throat and oral hygiene like gargling with BETADINE® helps. This lessens the chances of other family members getting it too by killing the germs before they have a chance to act.

How can we protect our loved ones from sore throats?
Germs that cause sore throats can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touching something that has the germs on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing).

When a loved one suffers from sore throat, flu or a cold, practicing proper throat and oral hygiene like gargling with BETADINE® helps. This lessens the chances of other family members getting it too by killing the germs before they have a chance to act.
Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?

The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin3.

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?
The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin3.

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.