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When it comes to sore throats,
you've got it covered.

When your loved one tells you about a little itch in his throat, you know exactly what to do. BETADINE® Gargle helps you defeat the viruses and bacteria1,2 before they get a chance to make their homes in someone’s throat. Most germs are killed with 30 seconds of germ-killing action2, stopping a small problem from becoming big.

Put BETADINE® to work and get your family back into play.

BETADINE® Gargle is a povidone-iodine medicated gargle that kills most bacteria and viruses in your mouth1,2. At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle it for 30 seconds to stop an infection from growing1,2.

Brand trusted worldwide for over 45 years.
Germ-killing action
in 30 seconds2
A short gargle kills the bacteria and viruses in your throat1,2.
Helps stop sore throats early1,2 Kill the germs that cause sore throat, preventing a small problem from becoming big1,2.
Protect those
around you
BETADINE® Gargle not only protects your throat but even the people around you against viruses34.
Dealing with
a sore throat?
Here’s what you know.
What is a sore throat?

A sore throat (pharyngitis5 and tonsilitis) 44 often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold5.
Other common types of viral infections include tonsillitis, influenza (flu) and measles. Sometimes, a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, which is usually called ‘strep throat’43.

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.

What is a sore throat?
A sore throat (pharyngitis5 and tonsilitis) 44 often begins as an itch, pain or irritation, but it is actually more than that. Most sore throats are caused by a viral infection, which means you’ll often get other symptoms like a runny nose or aches and pains just like you’d get with a cold5.
Other common types of viral infections include tonsillitis, influenza (flu) and measles. Sometimes, a sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, which is usually called ‘strep throat’43.

The moment you feel an itch or any of the symptoms mentioned above, always remember to use an antiseptic gargle.
What are the causes of sore throat?

More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44 such as Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza and Coronavirus. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5, which is usually called Strep throat43, 44.

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is important to use a medication that is proven across the different types and classes of germs.

What are the causes of sore throat?
More than 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses5, 44 such as Adenovirus, Rhinovirus, Influenza and Coronavirus. Bacteria are the next most common type of germs that cause sore throats5, which is usually called Strep throat43, 44.

These viruses and bacteria can be passed on via direct contact (e.g. touch an object that has the virus on it), airborne transmission (e.g. when someone coughs) and close personal contact (e.g. kissing) 43.

A sore throat can be caused by different types of germs. Therefore, it is important to use a medication that is proven across the different types and classes of germs.
Why is it important to practice self‐medication with early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?

Self‐medication is the selection and use of medicines by individuals to treat self‐ recognised illnesses or symptoms35.

The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want the viruses and bacteria to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.

Why is it important to practice self‐medication with early signs of sore throat and not wait for the situation to be more serious?
Self‐medication is the selection and use of medicines by individuals to treat self‐ recognised illnesses or symptoms35.

The moment you feel an itch in your throat, it is always good to use an antiseptic gargle before the situation becomes more serious. You do not want the viruses and bacteria to spread to your loved ones. This reduces the chances of them getting the germs before they have a chance to act.
What are viruses and bacteria?

Viruses are tiny organisms that rely on human or animal cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body27. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies27. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – and some cause infections that trigger illness like strep throat and some ear infections27.

What are viruses and bacteria?
Viruses are tiny organisms that rely on human or animal cells for their survival, so they cannot last very long outside the body27. They cause illnesses by invading healthy cells and multiplying.

Bacteria are single cell organisms usually found in and on our bodies27. Some bacteria are harmless – and can even be good for us – and some cause infections that trigger illness like strep throat and some ear infections27.
Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of home remedies like salt water?

Salt‐water gargle is considered a home remedy because there’s no clear scientific evidence on its mode of germ killing action5.

BETADINE® Gargle has proven scientific evidence on its germ killing activity against the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throats1‐3. With a 30‐second gargle, BETADINE® Gargle is scientifically proven to kill germs2.

Why should we gargle with BETADINE® instead of home remedies like salt water?
Salt‐water gargle is considered a home remedy because there’s no clear scientific evidence on its mode of germ killing action5.

BETADINE® Gargle has proven scientific evidence on its germ killing activity against the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throats1‐3. With a 30‐second gargle, BETADINE® Gargle is scientifically proven to kill germs2.
Should a sore throat be treated by antibiotics?

Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over‐use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.6

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor. Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either6.

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Should a sore throat be treated by antibiotics?
Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria. Because most sore throats are caused by a virus, antibiotics usually would not work. Most health authorities advise against the over‐use of antibiotics so that resistance doesn’t become a big problem.6

If a sore throat persists or is particularly severe, you should see your doctor. Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor in situations of bacteria related infections*.

For the same reasons, other viral infections like colds, flu and most coughs and bronchitis should not be treated with antibiotics either6.

* For further information, please check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Simple steps for bringing the smiles back.
Step 1
Pour 15ml of BETADINE® Gargle into the cup. Dilute with an equal amount of water if taste is an issue.
Step 2
Swish part of the solution briefly in the mouth and spit it out.
Step 3
Tilt your head backwards and gargle for a total of 30 seconds via swirling the liquid at the throat.
Step 4
Spit out the solution. Repeat 2‐4 times daily or as directed by your physician/dentist or pharmacist4.

At the first signs of sore throat, gargle with BETADINE®.

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If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
Contraindications: Sensitivity to iodine. Hyperthyroidism.

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