While a sore throat will usually go away on its own after a week or so, you may find the dryness, scratchiness, irritation, swelling or pain distracting enough to seek some relief. If you’re looking to soothe a dry, scratchy throat you might look for lozenges that work with your saliva to coat the area. If your throat is more swollen or inflamed, you might consider a lozenge with anti-inflammatory action to help reduce the swelling and pain. If the area is difficult to reach with a lozenge, consider if a spray might be easier for you to use. If swallowing and talking is just downright painful, lozenges or sprays with anaesthetic relief can help relieve the pain.