A Sore Throat at the Office

 

 

Understandably no one likes to have a sore throat, let alone when you are at work. Sometimes, a sore throat can get better over time with plenty of rest and fluids, without the need to go to the doctor.

However, sometimes you may not be able to take time off work to rest up but there are a few things that could help ease the discomfort and pain associated with a sore throat.

 

Hydration

DO keep a bottle of water on your desk, in case your sore throat is an early sign of cold or flu. Staying hydrated can help replace lost fluids, as well as helping your immune system to fight sickness.[1] Go for room temperature water as, if you are already suffering from irritation to your throat, extreme temperatures can make this worse.

DON’T go out and drink alcohol. You may feel like you need to de-stress after a hard day but try to stay clear of alcohol as it is a mild diuretic and could cause further dehydration.[2]

 

Throughout the day

If you’re really busy and can’t get out the office for a full lunch break, you might opt for a quick snack instead. There are certain types of food which could help and others which may make your sore throat feel worse:

DO try to suck hard sweets or lozenges[3] as these can all help you to produce saliva to keep your throat hydrated. Strepsils Sore Throat & Cough lozenges contain two antiseptics and a mild anaesthetic in order to provide relief for sore throats and irritating coughs. Simply dissolve one lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2-3 hours as required (but never take more than 12 lozenges in 24 hours.) Always read the label.

DON’T opt for coarse food that may irritate your throat. It may sound strange but even healthy snacks such as granola and nuts which are coarse in consistency can scratch your already sore throat. Instead consider going for a power smoothie, creamy soups or stews with mashed potato.

 

Home time: Get some rest

DO add honey and lemon to your drinks as this can help to hydrate and soothe your throat, then get an early night. If you’ve been working all day, perhaps you're feeling a little stressed. This may not be too helpful when you’re trying to recover from a sore throat so try to de-stress once you've left the office and rest up if you possibly can.

DON’T stay up all night. If your throat is uncomfortable you may be feeling restless when it comes to getting a good night sleep. But getting plenty of sleep is very important for your immune system, especially if you are experiencing early signs of cold or flu. Wind down before bedtime with a hot bath, or by listening to some relaxing music. Switching your phone off before bed helps to ensure an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

 

Remember:

Always read the label and do not exceed the recommended dose. If your symptoms persist, or you feel that your sore throat is getting worse, seek medical attention from your pharmacist or visit your GP.

 

 

 

[1] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Coldcomfort.aspx

[2] http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/pages/causes.aspx

[3] http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sore-throat/Pages/Treatment.aspx