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A few months ago my husband had a tough of man flu. This mean that his mum as lovely as she is bought everything any anything that might help him feel better. This was most definitely to my amusement but I was please for hubby also.
Included in this care package from the mother in law was this throat spray. I had never seen anything like it but thought it looked impressive and expensive. My husband moaned a lot about the taste when he tried it and didn’t use it very much so I guessed it wasn’t as impressive as it looked.
Last week I got a horrible cold and thought I would try this mouth spray out. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised. The directions are to adjust the nozzle so you can direct the spray to your throat accurately and then to spray 3 squirts directly to your throat. I found it tricky and didn’t manage to spray directly onto my throat but always onto my tongue. This didn’t matter too much as it then goes down your throat. The spray tastes a bit like antiseptic which I find ok and it really does help numb the pain in your throat.
I have since seen this spray for sale in Tesco’s at nearly £5. I do think that this is a bit expensive but when you have a real killer sore throat I do think it is worth it if you can afford to splash out a bit on pain killers.
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After battling with a devil of a sore throat for a while I finally decided to give this a go. Whilst it is more expensive than I really wanted to pay at around the 5.50 GBP mark I felt it was worth it if it worked. Also if all 3 sprays are used per dose it contains just over 33 doses so compared to a certain brand of throat lozenges it isn''t too bad. It also has quite a long shelf life which is also good.
The bottle has spray nozzle which makes using it a bit easer although I did have to stand in front of a mirror the first couple of time I used it it did become easier after that. The nozzle can be rotated so you can direct it better towards the site of the pain. The spray system makes it easy to get the dose right and it does work very quickly. The feeling after using it is quite unusual as the anaesthetic (benzocaine) numbs the back of the throat very quickly and this rather odd feeling does last for a while but it either passes or you get used to it and stop noticing it ? I can''t tell which. The pain does go quickly and is kept away for a good length of time. However, it will not treat the under lying problem as it is not an antiseptic. The fact the back of the throat is numb does have its down side as if you eat and/or something soon afterwards then there is possibly an increased risk of burning your throat as you can''t feel anything and it may affect your ability to swallow.
The one I have is the cherry flavoured one well it certainly does not taste like real cherry but very few things do. It is a cloying, over powerful and slightly acidic synthetic flavouring rather reminiscent of cheap cherry sweets but without the sweetness. The redeeming feature of the taste is that it does not linger too long.
The bottle is quite small and can be carried fairly easily in an inside jacket pocket or handbag and the cap won''t just fly off. The box also has a small amount of braille on it which is becoming quite standard on a lot of things.
WARNING: If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not use this product and it must not be used by children under 6.
Comes in a cardboard box with a picture of a sore throat. The bottle is made of clear glass and the liquid is clear also.This product is cherry flavoured. It contains anesthetic to numbed the pain associated with a sore throat. Contains enough liquid to last up to one hundred sprays.
Caution must be taken with the following health conditions and must not be taken
Noisy breathing, severe difficulty swallowing, pregnant or breast feeding. Have a allergy to benzocaine or its associated ingredients. If you have a prolonged sore throat visit your G.P.
This spray has absolutely saved my bacon so to speak. My throat as felt as though I have been eating glass I have tried all sorts over the past few weeks but nothing worked not even antibiotics from my own G.P. Simply remove the green lid at the top of the spray bottle. I hold my breath and spray three times to the back of my throat. Hold your breath and spray three times for adults and teenagers and do not use more than eight times a day. Repeat every two to three hours if needed. For children 6-12 years hold your breath and spray once to the back of your throat. The stuff tastes of cherries and doesn't taste nasty at all or leave a awful after taste. This gave me temporary relief until I drink something or eat solids; although I time drinks and food to when I am almost due my next spray.
I will definitely recommend it to those of you that have found lozenges have not worked just like I found. I have used this for a who day now and my throat spasms and soreness have subsided thank goodness. The sore throat is no longer taking over my life!
Available from all good chemists for around £4.50.
This is both the best and worst thing in my medicine cabinet. Best, because it really does its job and does it well. Worst, because it tastes absolutely awful! And I don't mean a bit, yuk, I mean gag inducingly awful! Having said that, it really is worth it. This should be in everyone's medicine cabinet this weekend.
This throat spray comes in a compact glass bottle with a nozzle attached. It is covered with a strong, green plastic cover which completely covers the nozzle and keeps it clean. I bought mine in Boots for £5.45 but it can be bought in most pharmacies. It also comes in different flavours, however, because of the medicinal type taste I can't imagine that they are any better in taste! The spray works as a local anaesthetic which numbs the pain in your throat. It won't necessarily make it better but it will allow you to get on with your day.
How to use:
The spray can be used every 2-3 hours. The nozzle on the bottle is quite long so that you can direct it to the right part of your throat. I use it to spray three times in my throat. Personally I tend to spray it twice in the area that hurts, and then once on the other side of the throat so that all areas are covered.
In summary this product is disgusting but works miracles. I would be lost without it.
This little piece of kit is a real example of a necessary evil in the fight against sore throats. There's no two ways about it, using this stuff is disgusting. But ... it makes the pain literally vanish. In fact, it makes your whole throat vanish, but on with the review...
Vicks Choloroseptic comes in a small flat-shaped glass bottle with a large green lid. Inside the bottle is clear liquid which looks like water. Removing the lid reveals a white horizontal nozzle around 3cm long attached to a white top over the bottle 'neck'.
The instructions for use are to spray 3 times to the back of the throat, and repeat every 2-3 hours up to 8 times a day for up to 3 days. So if you can handle the 'operation', this product can offer a lot of relief. Carrying out the application is fairly straightforward, because of the design of the nozzle, it enables you to fairly accurately direct the spray onto your throat, although it definitely takes a few tries to get used to it and get it on target. However, for me it's a really unpleasant operation, it usually makes me gag and there is a pretty unpleasant taste to it too, although it isn't a strong taste and it doesn't linger.
This product is an anaesthetic - so it numbs the pain entirely. It deadens your whole throat (or tongue if you miss!) which is an extremely weird sensation - but, you can't argue - pain free.
The active ingredient is Benzocaine Ph. 0.71% per spray, a local anaesthetic. The full list of ingredients: ehtanol, macrogol 300, propylene glycol, cetylpridinium chloride, saccharin sodium, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium hydroxide, flavouring and purified water.
As for the flavouring, the claim is "original menthol flavour" - personally, I'd describe the flavour more accurately as "nasty".
If you can get to grips with the operation of spraying your own throat and have a throat which is so sore you'll try ANYTHING, then my recommendation is that Vicks Chloraseptic is worth a try. It's a good thing to keep in your cupboard on standby, because it really does numb the pain completely.
When my toddler joined nursery I was warned that I'd catch every illness going, especially after being in the safe cocoon of maternity leave and home. And catch something I did - every little bug going until eventually I was laid up with a bad case of flu for a good fortnight. About three days in I lost my voice and my glands swelled up like potatoes. I was not a pretty sight. Even swallowing hurt.
My doctor said 'wait it out' - it was viral so there was nothing he could do, but the nurse did suggest a throat spray. Like the trooper I am I managed to drag myself to my local Boots pharmacy (luckily only a 10 minute walk away, I didn't feel well enough to drive) and I purchased Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray on recommendation of the assistant there.
The picture on DooYoo shows Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray in mint, I actually went for the Cherry, hey, I like the flavour and I was sick ;) I paid £4.55 for a small glass bottle of Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray in Cherry which is presented in a cardboard box with a picture of a chin / throat area on it in a cartoon style. A red band around the top denoted it's flavour.
Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray works because the active ingredient, benzocaine, is actually a local anaesthetic. Whilst it won't cure the area it will numb it allowing you relief to sleep, eat and drink. Also, to note, it is not recommended to use Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray for more than three days in a row. So I got mine on the Wednesday and used it to the Saturday night.
All you need to do with Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray is to lift up the long spray nozzle (it's about 2 inches and designed to get right into the back of the throat), and spray a pump or two in there to coat it (you must hold your breath whilst you do this). The numbing effect is almost immediate, and the cherry taste very pleasant.
As a small side effect it does numb your mouth slightly for a bit so it's recommended you give it say 20 minutes before eating and drinking. I could only manage Weetabix and Orange Juice and Lucozade, that sort of thing, but I did find that after using Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray I could either get a little sleep, eat and drink a little or even whisper a few words, though it's better to give your throat a rest really with the talking, if you can help it.
I can't say I felt better three days later, and after giving it a two day rest I went back and used three more days of Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray by the end of which I was on the mend, in less pain and able to eat and drink (and speak) more. So I think that whilst it's not a cure as such (and indeed nothing is other than time) it's an extremely welcome relief from the pain and discomfort of a very sore throat and since I bought it, I've recommended it to friends who have since caught the bug and swear by it, too.
Overall I highly recommend Ultra Chloraseptic Throat Spray to anyone wanting to relieve the pain of a sore throat, it is reasonably priced, the cherry flavour expecially is very pleasant and it does genuinely provide a blessed break from the sore uncomfortable feeling of a raw throat.
Five out of five from me, any relief when you're sick is welcome relief!
I have a number of ways of coping when I'm ill with a cold. I always seem to follow the same pattern when cold hits me starting with a sore throat which then progresses to the world's loudest cough. In the day time I manage with cough sweets and paracetamol and then I find at night time it gets worse and when you just want to fall asleep, a numb throat is ideal.
The bottle comes in a cardboard box and inside is a small glass container with a curious plastic nozzle. The glass is clear so you can see the bright green liquid inside and vitally keep an eye on how much is left. The nozzle is a plastic stick which unfurls so you can direct the spray to the back of the mouth ensuring you hit the sore spot.
Whilst this product works really well instantly at numbing the throat, it only lasts a short time for me so I keep it in my bedside drawer and wait until I am really desperate to use it. A couple of squirts provides complete relief for me and usually works long enough to get me to sleep so I don't notice it is sore then. It's not a pleasant sensation squirting this to the back of your throat, it makes me gag a bit but the relief from it is worth it when you're suffering.
I keep this as one of the main tools for tackling sore throats, because it really works, if only for a short while. It is strong tasting and medicinal smelling, not many people would say it was 'nice' in fact my sister refuses to use it no matter how bad she feels as she hates the taste of it. Beware when spraying as it numbs the area you spray it on for a while so if you are aiming for your throat be careful as it will numb your tongue if you miss!
This product is not cheap, I usually pay around £5 for a bottle but this does last me for months and longer if I manage a better spell of not being ill.
I buy this in original menthol flavour but I am interested in the other flavours available and would be willing to try them in cherry and blackcurrant. It tastes quite strong and medicated but most importantly it works. I wish it worked for longer but it does last strongly for around 20 minutes for me which is a great relief. This is definitely more effective than lozenges so if you suffer from sore throats it is worth a try. Obviously read the advice with this product before using to ensure it is safe for you to take.
I've suffered a lot from bad throats and tonsilitis over the years and have tried many remedies to ease the symptoms when the irritation in my throat is bad. I always find I suffer more at night and although taking dissolvable painkillers work quite well the best solution I've found is this Ultra Chloraseptic anaesthetic throat spray.
This throat spray comes in a glass bottle with a plastic dispenser and lid. It is packaged in a box which I tend to keep to protect the bottle. The ingredients and instructions for use are printed on the box and the bottle label, it also contains an information leaflet which provides full product details.
The expiry date is usually a couple of years in advance which is good as you are advised not to use it for more than 3 days in a row.
Using this throat spray
This spray contains an anaesthetic and so you need to be careful when spraying it as it will numb any part of your mouth that it comes into contact with. To enable you to aim the spray at the back of your throat the spraying arm which is quite long turns 90 degrees to the bottle. This means you can angle it correctly before spraying.
The only problem I sometimes have is if I don't press down firmly enough on the pump the product doesn't come out as a spray on the back of my throat but just drips onto my tongue, this isn't great as it leaves you with numb patches. However when sprayed correctly it coats the back of my throat and tonsils and stops me from coughing, brilliant!
I've always bought the original menthol flavour which tastes fine if you do get it on your tongue.
I tend to use this product at bedtime and it works for a good few hours allowing me to get to sleep.
Price and availability
This throat spray is at the expensive end of the range and currently (Feb 2013) costs £5.45 in Boots and £5.50 in Tesco for 15ml. It is available without prescription and I think it is worth the money.
Would I recommend?
Yes, my bad throats often cause me to be sick from coughing so a product that stops the irritation instantly is great to have in my cupboard.
I am lucky that most of the time when I suffer from a sore throat that it is easy soothed by just sucking on some throat lozenges but last year I had a nasty flu virus which really knocked me for six with one of the worst side effects being a really sore throat.
It was so bad that I actually had trouble swallowing and lozenges just weren't doing anything for it so I popped in to my local Boot's and the pharmacist recommended that I try this ultra chloraseptic throat spray which cost £5.45. As I was absolutely desperate I happily paid the money and couldn't wait to get back to the car to try it out.
It contains Benzocaine which is a local anaesthetic to numb the throat so that you are able to swallow, eat and drink again without it feeling like you are swallowing cut glass. It is a spray which makes it easier to be able to target the right area of the throat where you are having the most pain.
This tastes horrible and there is no getting around that. Even when I tried my best to only hit the back of my throat some of the spray always managed to end up in my mouth.
Although it was horrible the fact that this actually worked was enough incentive to keep using it even though I hated the taste.
It didn't take long to start working and within a few minutes I could already feel it starting to numb my throat and within about 5 to 10 minutes the pain was considerably less than it was previously. I found this to be absolutely indispensable and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again if I had a reall bad throat.
It didn't take all the pain away but it made it so that I didn't feel like I was swallowing razor blades anymore. After this got to work I could again eat and drink without wanting to cry and the searing pain had turned in to more of a dull ache instead which although doesn't sound good was a million times better than the pain I had before.
Unfortunately like all anaesthetics this didn't last for ever and the pain gradually started creeping back after an hour or so and as you can only use the spray every two hours there was some time in between doses where I still had to suffer. The best thing about this was that I could use it at night and it took the pain away enough for me to be able to get to sleep.
You can only use this for a maximum of three days but luckily by the third day the pain was much better than it had been and I could switch to lozenges again which since the pain wasn't as severe did the job of soothing my throat.
This was great for getting me through the worst of the pain of the sore throat and it worked where lozenges couldn't touch the pain.
This spray is great for numbing the throat area when it is particularly sore or sensitive. It works almost instantly and one bottle lasts for a very long time as each spray uses only a small amount of the liquid. The spray itself may not solve the cause of the sore throat but will numb it for a short time.
To apply the product in the right place can take a bit of practice. I have numbed my tongue many times in an attempt to reach the back of my throat. I usually need a mirror to apply it in the right place.
The taste is a bit aniseed-y which I don't find unpleasant but some may find a bit strong. The numbing effect lasts around an hour and is better than similar throat sweets with a numbing effect such as dequacaine as it can be targeted at the specific area causing discomfort.
I only discovered this about a year ago but it is a really useful addition to the typical painkillers and decongestions you may have in the cupboard in the event of a cold.
I highly recommend this throat spray.
I suffer occassionally from sore dry throats and find lozenges give very temporary relief. A friend suggested I try an anaesthetic throat spray and this works every time.
To use you simply spray three times to the back of the throat. The spray starts to work within a few minutes and provides effective relief for sore or dry throats. The spray does slightly numb the area (active ingredients Benzocaine) whilst at the same time lubricating and providing pain relief.
The recommended dosage is three sprays every 2-3 hours and you are advised not to use this more than 8 times a day. Each time I use it the spray is effective for c3hours. I find this spray a god send at night when I suffer most from sore throat.
In terms of packaging the spray comes in a sturdy glass bottle and is 15ml. Whilst this sounds tiny last yearone bottle of spray lasted all winter and took me through a number of colds! There are two flavours - original and cherry flavour. The original has a bit of a medicine flavour but I much prefer it to the cherry flavour which tastes a bit fake and chemical like!
You can buy this off without prescription at most chemists and at c£4-5 this is much more cost effective than a packet of lozenges for £3 which last a day!
This is perhaps the best remedy I have ever tried for sore throats, and I have tried a few.
This spray can be bought from pharmacies and selected supermarkets for around £5.
You direct the spray pump to the back of the throat and dispense the spray by pressing down on the pump. The spray then targets the back of the throat where it is needed. The spray tastes nice. It doesn't taste medicinal, it tastes like sweets almost! The spray numbs the pain so you are able to get on with the rest of your day without worrying about your sore throat. I don't even need to suck lozenges with this spray as I find that it works well just by itself. The spray contains special ingredients that are designed to fight infection.
I find that this spray really does work! Within a couple of hours I feel much better as my sore throat heals faster with this spray. I no longer feel the pain of a sore throat with this spray and the spray stops my sore throat from getting any worse. The spray can be used a few times per day as the numbing effect wears off after around three to four hours. The spray is long lasting and it's worth it's price tag as it really does work.
I would recommend this sore throat spray to everyone.
On and off for the last few weeks I have had a bit of a head cold. It was originally all on my chest and in my bones but over the last week it has been mostly in my throat which has felt akin to a sack full of glass which scratches and hurts terribly, mostly first thing in the morning. My mother, angel that she is, foisted some of this magic throat spray on me when I visited over the weekend - taking pity on me (or more likely thinking it was the best way to stop me whinging).
It was so good that I figured I simply must review it here. You can buy this for around the £5 mark (cheapest online was Pharmacy 2U when I checked, at £4.85). This might seem quite steep but the bottle holds 15ml and each spray is so targeted as to be very affective without much denting the volume in the bottle.
The bottle has a nozzle which is designed to direct spray to the very back of your throat. It does not taste too great but neither is it offensive, it basically tastes a little of chemicals but because most of it hits the back of your throat you won't taste it too much in any event. The nozzle is very powerful and easy to use, on each occasion I have successfully targeted my throat without incident, the design of the bottle is very well thought out in this respect.
The reason that this works so well is that it contains benzocaine which is basically a local anaesthetic. It almost instantly numbs the throat and stops the pain and this is unbelievably soothing when you have been suffering so much. I was absolutely gobsmacked at how instantaneous the effect of the spray was.
I found that the full effect of the spray lasted around 2 hours before starting to wear off again but the instructions say that you can use it every 2-3 hours up to a maximum of 8 doses in any one 24 hour period. This is plenty enough to keep your throat soothed during waking hours at the very least and I honestly wish I had found this stuff years ago. An adult dose is 3 sprays every 2-3 hours but children under 13 can only have 1 spray every 2-3 hours. To be honest I was only using 1 or 2 sprays on each application and was finding this was sufficient for me.
I will certainly be replacing this in my first aid kit when it runs out (my other half is now suffering and using the same spray but I still think we will have some left). I think it should be considered a key part of any self respecting first aid kit and as somebody who absolutely detests having a sore throat it is certainly something I highly recommend.
Having a particularly nasty dose of Tonsilitis I was desperate for some relief from the stabbing pain on my right tonsil so on top of painkillers tried this.All I got was a mouthful of foul tasting medicine that when it reached my empty stomach, made me feel sick.It did not work in any way on my sore throat and I was very disappointed by the product.It might work well for milder sore throats but I would not recommend it for anything worse than the mild sore throat you get from over use or a mild cold.
I use my voice all the time for my job and so when I had a really sore throat, I stopped at my local Tesco to pick up everything I could to help me last throughout the day. One of these items was the Ultra Chloraseptic Antiseptic Throat Spray.
Who can you use it?
The product can be used by both adults and teenagers, and also by children over six providing that they are supervised by an adult.
What does the product do?
The product claims that it will numb the painful area of the throat by offering targeted relief. It uses a fast acting local anaesthetic called Benzocaine to numb the pain quickly and effectively.
How do you use the product?
The nozzle of the bottle swings around and it points inwards when it is in a closed position. You need to twist the nozzle so that it is facing outwards so that it can be easily inserted into the mouth without the bottle getting in the way. You need to open your mouth and direct the nozzle to the back of your throat. Then you must hold your breath and spray the product three times.
Once you feel the numbness, you are advised to not eat or drink to make the effects last longer. You can use the product every few hours if required but no more than eight times a day. You must not use the product for more than three days in a row. Full instructions are included in the box which tells you exactly what to do.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a glass transparent bottle through which you can see the liquid inside so you always know exactly how much you have left. It is an apple juice coloured liquid and the product has a long white nozzle which can be twisted to make it easier to store. The product has a green lid in order to keep the nozzle protected and germ free. Despite the bottle being made of glass, it is only small so it is not too heavy to carry around with you.
The product costs around £5 and for that money you will get 15ml of the product. I bought mine from Tesco but it will be available from most supermarkets, department stores, pharmacies and from a variety of online websites.
The product is fairly easily to use and because the nozzle is long then it is easy to direct the spray to the area of pain. My throat was particularly sore on the one side and I was able to effectively spray this area. The trigger is easy to push when only use one finger. You need to dry and keep your tongue down because if it touches your tongue then you can taste it and it's not pleasant. It also then makes the tongue go a little numb. I still haven't managed to spray the product yet without getting some on my tongue!
The product definitely numbs the pain if you get the spray to touch it and it does so within seconds. If you have an especially bad throat then it didn't completely banish it, but it does get it down to a bearable level. It brings quick and effective relief as promised.
The longevity of the pain relief is not brilliant and it lasts half an hour with me at best. I find it hard not to suck a strepsil or have a drink when my throat is bad so perhaps this stops the product from lasting for so long.
The product does come with an expiry date but it is usually around 2 years after you buy it so you won't need to be in a rush to use it. The bottle states that the product should last for around 100 sprays so that should see you through a few sore throats too.
All in all, if you direct the nozzle correctly, this is a very effective and fast working method of pain relief. It isn't very long lasting but it certainly helps and as long as you don't get it on your tongue, then it is completely pleasant and easy to use. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this product again once mine has run out.