Swallowing difficulties

Swallowing difficulties

Swallowing difficulties and a sore throat often go hand in hand—these symptoms are not uncommon, especially in the case of a cold or the full-blown flu (influenza). However, other clinical pictures, such as tonsillitis, are also associated with severe discomfort when swallowing.

With its unique active ingredient formula, Dorithricin® Throat Lozenges quickly and effectively provide relief for swallowing difficulties and a sore throat while simultaneously fighting the causative pathogens (bacteria and viruses2).

Swallowing difficulties & sore throat

  • Common cold
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Pharyngitis - a common symptom of upper respiratory tract infections
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  • Tonsillitis
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  • Inflammation of the oesophagus
  • Diphtheria
  • Mumps

Swallowing difficulties (without sore throat)

  • Enlarged thyroid (goitre)
  • Neurological diseases (e.g. stroke)
  • Psychological factors ("Like someone’s trying to strangle me")

Swallowing difficulties
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  • High fever
  • Shivers
  • Red/swollen tonsils
  • Sweet mouth odour
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Skin rash
  • Whooping cough
  • Tight feeling in the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heartburn
  • Swallowing difficulties with frequent choking

Swallowing difficulties: Causes

The causes of pain when swallowing are manifold. It is very common for a cold or a flu to cause swallowing difficulties in conjunction with a sore throat.

Swallowing difficulties during a cold
A cold often starts out quite harmlessly – nothing more than an unpleasant scratchy sensation in the throat. But the symptoms worsen rapidly, progressing to a sore throat, runny nose and cough in just a few days.

If pharyngitis also develops during a cold, swallowing difficulties and fever are also possible alongside the symptoms mentioned.

Swallowing difficulties during the flu (influenza)
The flu usually has a very sudden onset. From one minute to the next, a fever and a strong feeling of malaise develop. Swallowing difficulties and a sore throat accompanied by headache and joint pain are typical. Unlike with the common cold, however, a runny nose is rare.

Swallowing difficulties during tonsillitis
The main symptoms of tonsillitis are a sore throat and swallowing difficulties. Typical symptoms also include fever, headache and joint pain as well as fatigue. Not least, it is the reddened, swollen tonsils that are typical of tonsillitis. When caused by bacteria, whitish spots (white spotty coating) also appear on the tonsils.

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Tips for treating swallowing difficulties

Dorithricin® Throat Lozenges from the local chemist have proven effective in treating swallowing difficulties and a sore throat: The unique active ingredient formula in Dorithricin® not only provides rapid and long-lasting pain relief, but also fights bacteria and viruses2 and slows down the infection.

  • local analgesic provides rapid pain relief.
  • The anti-infective tyrothricinhas excellent antibacterial properties. It fights bacterial pathogens without having to fear that resistance will develop. In addition, a new scientific study showed that tyrothricin, in combination with the other active ingredients in Dorithricin®, has pronounced antiviral properties as well, i.e. it also fights viruses2. Not least, tyrothricin has local immune-stimulating properties and is thus able to slow down the infection before a sore throat becomes worse.
  • The effect of tyrothricin is supplemented by an additional local antiseptic and completes the sensible combination of active ingredients in Dorithricin®.

Dorithricin® is thus particularly effective against a sore throat and swallowing difficulties – all while being exceptionally well tolerated. Learn more about Dorithricin® Throat Lozenges.

Additional remedies for treating swallowing difficulties

In addition to Dorithricin® Throat Lozenges, there are a number of things you can do yourself to get additional relief from discomfort when swallowing.

Here are some suggestions for self-help:

Here are some suggestions for self-help:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Gargle with sage tea
  • Apply a home-made curd compress

For more information, read our tips for treating swallowing difficulties..

Read more on the subject

1 Palm et al., Int J Clin Pract. 2018; e13272
2 Schmidbauer M., 2015: Dorithricin® wirkt antiviral (in vitro). Pharm. Ztg., 160. Jahrgang, 38. Ausg.: S. 48–52.