Table 5

Action taken for throat discomfort by specific cause and severity of discomfort (% of respondents)
Cold/ influenza Bacteria/virus Hay fever Hot/dry Dust Pollution Talking/shouting Snoring Air-con Temp change Allergy Alcohol Smoking Passive smoking
Medicated products 62 54 31 32 32 33 38 22 34 43 34 20 32 28
Hot drinks 43 35 29 30 25 26 25 19 31 36 25 21 24 22
Vitamins 40 36 24 16 20 25 15 13 15 25 19 12 15 13
Throat sweets 31 35 26 22 21 20 27 7 23 25 24 14 19 17
Consulted GP 31 49 33 9 14 15 9 11 11 17 34 6 8 8
Herbal remedies 17 17 16 13 12 15 13 8 10 14 14 9 9 11
Confectionery 11 7 10 13 13 12 14 8 12 11 10 11 14 15
Chewing gum 11 9 12 26 15 1 13 10 18 15 10 23 18 16
Cold drinks 10 8 12 25 19 16 21 22 19 16 14 34 21 21
No treatment sought 3 3 11 10 18 18 16 33 14 10 11 17 19 25
Severity of discomfort 3.0 3.4 2.7 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.6 2.3 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.4 2.5 2.7

Data is from a pooled analysis of mean data from all four countries assessed.

Addey and Shephard

Addey and Shephard BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 2012 12:9   doi:10.1186/1472-6815-12-9

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