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RealSimple.com: 8 Sore-Throat Soothers

Over-the-Counter Numbing Spray

Try it when: Every swallow aches a little.

How it works: When the spray hits your throat, the ingredient phenol (a local anesthetic) gives instant, albeit temporary, relief. “These sprays deaden the area for a couple of hours, so if you have a very irritated, inflamed throat, they make it feel better fast,” says Tucker. Try Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray ($6.50, cvs.com).

Good to know: These sprays simply mask the pain. They don’t treat the underlying problem, help your immune system, or shorten the duration of symptoms.
RealSimple


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