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Neil is an auctioneer who works four (4) auctions per week as a bid caller.

Neil’s schedule each week includes:

  • Monday at the Geofair auto auction
  • Tuesday at the Tylersville Cattle auction
  • Thursday at the Dain-Co auto auction
  • Friday at the Mentor fruit and vegetable auction

Neil loves his job. Neil travels up to 1,500 miles per week in order to work these four auctions.

Neil was recently talking to his brother Barry who works for a livestock company in Nebraska:

    “Barry, I can put up with the travel, the crowds, the hotel food … the one thing I can’t have is a sore throat … “

Neil rarely has a sore throat due to lifestyle choices he makes.

Neil doesn’t smoke, breathes through his nose as much as possible and gets enough rest and eats right to keep his immune system healthy.

Yet, every so often, Neil experiences a sore throat.

While there are any number of remedies for a sore throat, including drops, sprays, aspirin or the like, gargles, humidifiers, etc., it is important to first find out what is causing the sore throat in order to treat it properly.

When Neil has a sore throat, outside of a serious health condition (such as cancer,) it is almost assuredly caused by one of five (5) conditions, of which we’ve ordered from easiest to treat to more difficult, with typical treatment:

  1. Excessive mouth breathing or other drying of the throat.

    For this condition, room temperature water is probably the best temporary cure. Other cures include salt-water gargle or other type of humidifying agent.

  2. Sinus drainage, which tends to irritate the throat.

    For this condition, the best solutions include steroid nasal sprays (popular brands include: Flonase, Nasonex,) oral steroids (popular brands include: Medrol, Hydrocortone, Cortef,) some type of allergy medication such as a antihistamine (popular brands include: Claritin, Zyrtec,) or decongestant sprays (popular brands include: Afrin, Neo-Synephrine.)

  3. A condition called Thrush which is a candida infection.

    For this condition, some version of antifungal medication ingested by tablet, lozenge, or liquid is normally prescribed. It can require 10-14 days of treatment to resolve Thrush completely.

  4. Some type of bacterial infection.

    For this condition, some type of antibiotic is normally prescribed. It normally requires a minimum of 10 days of treatment to resolve a bacterial infection satisfactorily.

  5. Some type of viral infection.

    There is no current treatment to resolve a viral infection. However, pain medication, rest and plenty of fluids is normally prescribed. Most viral infections result in a sore throat for five to seven days, with the soreness subsiding over the next seven to ten days.

Neil’s driving from the Dain-Co auto auction to Mentor and feels a sore throat coming on. He has to sell over 1,000 lots of fruits and vegetables tomorrow morning.

Neil is unsure what is causing his sore throat, but must quickly find some sort of solution to ease his pain so he can bid call in the morning.

Basically, anyone in Neil’s position must do one of two things (or both) to resolve short-term pain of a sore throat — beyond further diagnosis and medication:

  • Drink plenty of fluids — especially water.
  • Take some sort of pain-relieving medication such as throat-numbing lozenges or oral acetaminophen/ibuprofen.

Further, what Neil must do beyond drinking plenty of water and taking pain medication is to promptly find out what is causing his sore throat so he can take proper steps to resolve it.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College and is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.