As we go about our day to day lives, a sore throat is easy to ignore. Whether it be dryness, a runny nose or even a mild tickle, there are many benefits of keeping early symptoms like this from developing. All too often, a lack of attention can lead to a severe infection.
With adults experiencing an average of two to three sore throats a year and children experiencing even more, a sore throat is the second most common infection seen by GPs - after a cough. This is why it is important to do what it takes to stop a sore throat from you getting on with your day and knowing how to soothe a sore throat.
What symptoms should I be aware of?
Firstly, you need to be able to recognise symptoms. This may sound daunting but the early signs of a sore throat can be very mild, and you may think it will get better on its own. While this could be true, there is no symptom too mild not to warrant attention. Be wary of dryness, slight difficulty when talking or swallowing and hints of hoarseness.
Sore throats are commonly associated with the common cold. One day all is good and well, but the next thing you know, you have a headache, watery eyes and a runny nose? If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is likely that you may have a cold and if you think like we do, it is time to nip that cold in the bud!
What do I do now?
If you want to prevent a sore throat from becoming something worse, it is imperative that you act quickly. Now that you have identified the symptoms, it’s time to take action to prevent that sore throat from getting worse.
- Relax Your Throat
Give your throat a break. Cut down on shouting or whispering, as this will irritate and strain a sore throat. Irritants such as cigarette smoke, drinking alcohol and caffeine should also be avoided when nursing a sore throat. Like the heat from a cigarette, alcohol and caffeine are 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 eases your sore throat, but it aids 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 provide long lasting relief that other home remedies simply cannot and some even kill the cause of it. Strepsils Honey and Lemon Lozenges clinically proven to help kill bacteria all the while providing long-term relief for soreness, and discomfort.
Not a single day should be spoiled by a sore throat. To find out more about preventing a sore throat, explore our infographic.