Soluble aspirin 'good remedy for sore throats'

People struggling with sore throats over the cold and flu season would do well to gargle with some soluble aspirin, experts have discovered.

A study at the University of Cardiff Common Cold Centre found the remedy to be among the most effective for the ailment, even more so than swallowing the tablets whole.

Sore throat pain intensity was reduced within two hours and the effect lasted up to six hours, researchers found.

Professor Ron Eccles, who led the study, said the results are down to a local anaesthetic action.

Inhaling products containing menthol was also useful in reducing the symptoms of colds.

The news comes after Public Health England and the Royal College of General Practitioners urged people with coughs and colds not to ask doctors for antibiotics, as the drugs will not make any difference to their illnesses but could increase the problem of antibiotic resistance.

Instead, over-the-counter remedies such as menthol and aspirin may make a significant difference.

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