At the risk of sounding like a massive wimp, I have a sore throat starting. I get one every year on average and they are pretty evil. I can't sleep for best part of a week unless dosed up to the eyeballs with night nurse or solpadeine etc.
Is there ANYTHING that's ok to take while pregnant that will take the edge off?! I've got through one before without medication (on holiday in county where couldn't get anything over counter) and do not wish to repeat the experience, but fear I will have to!
Everything says ask doctor. You can take paracetemol, strepsils....and for a severe sore throat there is a strepsils spray that is excellent (revolting taste but really deadens the whole area) that is fine to use.
Hot ribena was my saviour with a sore throat. Also seemingly randomly, I found marshmallows incredibly smoothing! If you get more conjested, those menthol crystals you pop in a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head are great too. get well soon.
Done all the hot toddy and honey nonsense. Gargling with cider vinegar works for about 4 seconds.
Paracetamol (never normally take it) has had no noticeable effect whatsoever. I'm such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol and caffeine, but like a horse with painkillers - only the really potent stuff works on me!
Am now trying the numbing strepsils extra on basis that Nhs website says no known ill effects in pregnancy.
I don't think marshmallow is that random - isn't marshmallow root a herbal remedy? I don't know anything about herbal stuff, but I do think a hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows floating in it would probably be quite nice for a sore throat as well as hot lemon and honey!
sympathy fistbumps, I'm miserable today with a blocked up nose and headache. I hate it. I hate it. I hate waking up to realise I've been breathing through my mouth and everything is dry and sore, so drinking like a fish, then waking up 10 minutes later needing the toilet... gah! I'm hoping like hell it is a cold, not hayfever, as a couple of days' misery is very different to a couple of months.
on the non medical side, hot showers and steamy bathrooms do help to unblock you a bit. menthol chewing gum (air waves) also helps more than I thought it would. but nothing is as good as the blissful instant relief of otrivine whimpers
I can sympathise! About a month a go I had a horrible virus and ended up leaving the pharmacy in tears as they wouldn't give me anything unless I had a GP letter etc. Looking back now I'm mortified lol! Anyhoo, finally got a doctors appointment and they gave me some antibiotics, just a low dose of amoxicillin which is fine when pregnant so you could try that! Hope you feel better!