Ah, yes. Sore throat season. I am extremely sensitive to changes in the weather, so usually I’m the first one to get the sniffles, the watery eyes, and that blasted sore throat of doom that, for me, is one of those things that marks the beginning of fall, along with the changing of the leaves and the replacing of the outdoor plants.
I had the chance to try out two new products designed to help combat sore throat season – Chloraseptic Warming Spray and Luden’s Moisture Drops. Actually, the warming spray is more of a sore-throat product, whereas the Luden’s Moisture drops are more of a quick solution for dry-mouth.
Chloraseptic is calling their new spray, available in a palatable honey-lemon flavor, as “Hot tea on the go.” Well, when I used it, I didn’t really think about hot tea. Make no mistake: If you’ve used Chloraseptic throat spray in the past, you will recognize that it’s Chloraseptic. It still numbs your throat and kind of leaves the taste in your mouth that only Chloraseptic or benzocaine-based toothache gel can leave.
Is this a bad thing? No. It tastes a LOT better than Chloraseptic’s standard cherry flavor, and it does give a nice warming sensation. Also, it’s important to note that it is sugar-free! But does it replace a good old-fashioned hot tea with honey and lemon in it? Not really. I’m much more of a fan of Chloraseptic’s warming lozenges if you’re looking for that. They actually do soothe your throat and don’t leave it feeling numb/raw/etc.
Now, onto the Luden’s Moisture Drops!
When I was a kid, I never got to have Luden’s throat drops. All my friends did, because they were the best-tasting and their parents obviously loved them more (Just kidding, mom and dad!). Meanwhile, I got menthol-eucalyptus drops that let everyone around me know that I had stepped into the Halls Of Medicine and thus should be avoided at all costs.
Luden’s, which has been around for 130 years (wowzers!), has a new product called Moisture Drops, designed for when you are absolutely parched and no glass of water can treat you. These come in a very tasty kiwi-strawberry flavor, and have something called “HydroAction” to get to the problem, as well as treat your sore throat.
I must admit: I do not know what is in this patented “HydroAction” formula. But I do know these things DID cure my dry mouth. And they are tasty. HOWEVER, they do include corn syrup. So should this be a product to give to the kids or to those in your household who are watching their sugar intake? That’s up to you to decide. But they are delicious, and they do work. Kudos to Luden’s for updating a product, and now that I’m an adult, I can buy it whenever I want!
So, there ya go: The lowdown on two new sore-throat products, just in time for cold and flu season. Remember to stay warm, cover your mouth and follow your doctor’s advice on how to prevent and treat the flu or respiratory infections!
I was given product by Luden’s and Chloraseptic for this review. All opinions are 100% mine.