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A 26-year-old female asked:

My 24 year-old cousin tested positive for covid on his throat swab. now he is complaining of sore throat. can we give him difflam throat spray (benzydamine hydrochloride)? i used the same for throat pain when i underwent tonsillectomy.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
COVID concerns: Benzydamine is nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that acts as a local anesthetic for inflammation of mouth and throat. Although this can be used, if he develops other symptoms- it may be beneficial to take an oral medication that would effect the whole body (like acetaminophen or an NSAID). WHO reversed it's previous recommendations against use of NSAID's.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Antiseptic: Covid is a whole body infection. Sore throat just one of it's symptoms. If he tested positive for Covid he should be under a physician's care. A pain-killing spray will reduce the intensity of that one symptom, but will not treat his illness.

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