An infection of the mouth and throat may simply be alleviated by medication, but people who are prone to asthma attacks must be careful in their choice of drugs with prior medical consultation.
The pills which relieve the pain in a sore throat usually contain flurbiprofen which is an active ingredient and belongs to the group known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. They are used to relieve symptoms in the throat, such as pain and its swelling. They are commonly used in the treatment of arthritis (joint inflammation) and fever.
The drug reduces the production of prostaglandins in the body which are substances that are responsible for causing inflammation and pain in the body. The flurbiprofen in people with asthma can cause bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the bronchi), the breathing gets harder and can cause asthma attacks.
Therefore, the pulmonologists recommend avoiding nonsteroidal drugs in treating throat in persons suffering from asthma. Instead of flurbiprofen, they were advised to use spray that acts locally. A good alternative is also the herbal medicine, especially those containing arnica, chamomile, sage, thyme or extract from the South African plant root Cape Pelargonium.