Especially in the winter months, it often happens that we wake up in the morning with a sore throat. Due toheating, the air in the rooms is often too dry,especially if, for one reason or another, we breathe mainly through our mouth at night. It already helps if we slightlyreduce the heating at night and ensure more moisture in the air – can be with the help of a humidifier, or can also be with bowl of water or wet towels on the radiator. Indoor plants also contribute to higher air humidity in the room.
Allergic inflammation of the mucosa is caused by inhaled allergens. Most often, it is a sensitivity to pollen, dust mites, molds and animal allergens. Sneezing, itching and watery discharge from the nose can also be accompanied by pain in the throat and pharynx, and sometimes also a feeling of a lump in the throat, irritating cough and itching of the conjunctivae. We solve this kind of problems with interruption of exposure to the allergen and with antihistamines.
It is the flow of stomach contents into the pharynx and throat. Stomach acid, digestive enzymes and bile cause damage to the mucous membrane of the pharynx and throat, which is felt as irritation, pain and discomfort. We can feel tightness in the throat, pain in the throat and pharynx, sour taste in the mouth, cough and difficulty breathing can occur. This type of inflammation can be cured with drugs to regulate stomach acid.
The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, for example with a cold. Inflammation of the throat can also accompany bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza, covid-19 or other upper respiratory tract infection. Excessive talking or inhalation of irritating substances can also cause short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic) inflammation of the throat.
Usually the most noticeable symptom is a sore throat a change in voice (hoarseness) or we even lose our voice. We have a tickling in the throat, we feel that the throat is rough, we have to clear our throat constantly. In more severe infections, fever, malaise, pain when swallowing and a burning throat may also occur.
Inflammation of the pharynx is caused by viruses, and often bacteria. It can occur as part of viral infections, such as colds, flu, covid-19 or infectious mononucleosis, or with bacterial, most often streptococcal infection (angina) .
Symptoms – sore throat and pain when swallowing – are the same for both viral and bacterial infections. In both cases, the mucous membrane covering the pharynx is more or less inflamed, but it may also be covered with whitish deposits or purulent discharge. Fever, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck and an increased number of white blood cells in the blood are characteristic of both viral and bacterial inflammation of the throat, but the signs are usually more pronounced in bacterial inflammation.
Antibiotics do not help with a viral infection. The doctor prescribes them if laboratory tests confirm the bacterial origin of the disease. For strep throat, the doctor usually prescribes penicillin, erythromycin, or another antibiotic to cure the infection and prevent complications. Without a visit to the doctor or a laboratory test, it is difficult to know definitively whether it is a viral or bacterial illness. In principle, however, it is considered that the simultaneous presence of a runny nose, cough and a slightly elevated body temperature indicate a virus.
One of the best things we can provide for a sore, burning and sore throat is propolis . It is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and promotes healing and regeneration of the mucous membrane. There are already more than a thousand professional publications about the antimicrobial action of propolis on bacteria, viruses and fungi. Propolis consists of more than three hundred different compounds, the most important of which areflavonoids. The amount of flavonoids in propolis is highly dependent on the season and location of the bee pasture.
Propolis is produced by bees from natural resins, secreted by trees as part of their defense system. These resins are mixed with wax and enzymes to protect the hive. They use it to disinfect the interior surfaces of the hive, plug cracks and openings and embalm intruders, to prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms. Propolis also evaporates in the hive and thereby creates a natural protection that enables the healthy development and life of bee colonies.
Propolis in a spray with a concentration of bioflavonoids 15 mg/ml according to clinical research results helps shorten the duration of upper respiratory infection symptoms by as much as 40%, such as sore and inflamed throat and pharynx and hoarseness. What 80% of people after using the spray after 3 days had no more symptoms.
Analyzes have shown that it has quite a few flavonoids from propolis ability binding to viral proteins, which probably contributes to the antiviral activity. In an unpublished study, it was found that propolis with a bioflavonoid concentration of 15 mg/ml after 5 minutes of contact destroys more than 90% of viruses. If propolis spray is used daily in the oral cavity, we can reduce the risk of infection with viruses, including the coronavirus.
In addition to antiviral activity, propolis helps strengthen the immune system, but it also has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, as it increases anti-inflammatory cellular response and stimulates immune cells, which remove viruses and infected cells.
The most common choice when we want to get rid of it sore and inflamed throat, is propolis in a spray, as it allows simple and precise application at the site of inflammation. In the acute phase, fair relieves symptoms and shortens the duration of symptoms. But we can also decide to drops or solution, which is gargled or measured into any liquid, poured onto a spoonful of honey or sugar and consumed.
Propolis in principle, it is rather poorly soluble in water, which is why most solutions or tinctures and sprays for oral use are in the form of alcoholic solutions. In the case of sore throat or oral infection but they are alcoholic solutions less suitable, as they can further irritate the already inflamed mucous membrane. They are more suitable water-based propolises, which are also intended for anyone who cannot or does not want to drink alcohol (children, pregnant women, nursing mothers...). In addition to water-based propolis does not irritate the mucous membrane, also does not stain tooth enamel and is great taste, which masks its familiar bitterness.
Propolis in principle, it is rather poorly soluble in water, which is why most solutions or tinctures and sprays for oral use are in the form of alcoholic solutions. In the case of sore throat or oral infection but they are alcoholic solutions less suitable, as they can further irritate the already inflamed mucous membrane. They are more suitablewater-based propolises, which are also intended for anyone who cannot or does not want to drink alcohol (children, pregnant women, nursing mothers...). In addition to water-based propolis does not irritate the mucous membrane, alsodoes not stain tooth enamel and is great taste, which masks its familiar bitterness.
The most important ingredient propolis so they are flavonoids. If we want to calculate the effects propolis, confirmed in clinical research, we must choose propolis with a guaranteed content of flavonoids and youadhere to daily doses.
At Medex, we only use in our products standardized propolis (standardization of raw material and finished product), marked with i. APF® factor (Active Propolis Flavonoids). This factor tells exactly what the concentration of flavonoids from propolis is in the product. APF® 15 so it means that it is the least in a milliliter 15 mg flavonoids, APF® 50 well, that it is in a milliliter 50 mg flavonoids. And why is standardization important? Because it allows the precise determination of daily doses, confirmed by clinical studies, and ensures high quality and reproducible effect.
Medex's Propolis defense is currently the strongest propolis on the market: with the highest guaranteed flavonoid content, i.e. also with the largest strength, quality and efficiency.