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Recommended OTC products for individuals suffering from a variety of throat issues from bad breath, cough, to even a weak voice.
Minimize Risk of Recurrent Strep Throat / TonsillitisXlear nasal spray should be performed 2x per day. Xylitol gum should be chewed 5x per day. More info on xylitol here
Cough SuppressantsDelsym and Mucinex DM are the main cough suppressants available over-the-counter. Delsym (dextromethorphan) is best for a DRY persistent cough. Mucinex DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) is best for a WET or phlegmy cough. When taking mucinex DM or mucinex anything, it is very important to drink plenty of fluids because mucinex (guaifenesin) is believed to work by increasing the volume of secretions thereby reducing the viscosity of thick secretions that may be present in the trachea and bronchi with upper respiratory infections. To use an analogy, it's like adding water to syrup to thin it out. As such, mucinex works best in a well-hydrated body. For more info on how mucinex and its variants work, click here. Honey based products also help with coughing if an irritated throat is present.
At Home Testing Kits
Recurrent Oral Ulcers / Oral InfectionsPick one of the toothpastes which should be sulfate-free, SLS-free, and fluoride-free.
Toothpaste (SLS-free, fluoride-free)
Black Hairy Tongue or White Hairy TonguePick one of the toothpastes which should be sulfate-free, SLS-free, and fluoride-free.
Irritated Dry Throat/Mouth Care
Pill or General Swallowing ProblemsFor more information on swallowing problems, click here to read or watch a video.
Voice Amplification Systems
Supplements & MiscCaprylic acid has been found possibly helpful for patients suffering from vocal tremor (600mg daily). More info on this supplement here.
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