As we go about our day to day lives, a sore throat is easy to ignore. But whether it be dryness, scratchiness or even a mild tickle, there may be benefits to acting on these symptoms quickly.
Sore throat is a common condition. This is why it is important to know how to help relieve a sore throat and how to treat it to allow you to get on with you day.
What symptoms should I be aware of?
All sore throat conditions that can be self-treated are able to resolve themselves. Symptoms of a sore throat to look out for include, dryness, slight difficulty when talking or swallowing and hints of hoarseness. While it will likely get better on its own, there are treatments and tips which can help soothe your throat while it is sore.
What do I do now?
Now that you have identified the symptoms, it’s time to take action.
- Relax Your Throat
Give your throat a break. Cut down on shouting or whispering, as this can irritate and strain a sore throat. Irritants such as cigarette smoke and drinking alcohol should also be avoided when nursing a sore throat. The heat from a cigarette, alcohol and caffeine can be very drying. When experiencing the symptoms of a sore throat, the last thing you want is for your throat to get any drier, leading on to our next tip.
- Keep Fluids Nearby
It is important to stay hydrated. You can never go wrong with regular cups of water throughout the day. Doing this not only helps ease your sore throat, but it can aid your entire body in fighting the infection.
- Treat with Medicated Lozenges
At the first sign of a sore throat, you can fight back with lozenges. Sucking lozenges increases saliva and lubricates the throat. However, medicated lozenges can provide relief that other home remedies simply may not, and some may even help kill the cause of it. Strepsils Honey and Lemon Lozenges can help fight viruses and bacteria as well as provide relief for soreness and discomfort.
To find out more about preventing a sore throat getting worse.
This information is not intended to diagnose, in case of any doubt please consult your pharmacist or GP.