What is a sore throat?

can restrict communication, sore throats can cause problems when giving presentations

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat, also known as pharyngitis, is a very common ailment. It can involve irritation, discomfort and itchiness of the throat, which can make it difficult or painful to swallow food and liquids.

There are many sore throat causes but the symptoms typically go away after a few days, although in some cases, the soreness can last longer than a week. Half of sufferers find they are free of moderately bad symptoms within seven days, and up to 80% are usually feeling better within 10 days.1 However, should symptoms linger for more than two weeks, it is always advisable to see your GP just to make sure everything is OK.

The Affect of a Sore Throat

While a sore throat usually doesn't have an affect on your long-term health, it can be a nuisance in day-to-day life. It can restrict communication, cause problems when giving presentations and generally affect your mood. It is a familiar scenario - out of nowhere we wake up with a nagging, scratchy and dry feeling in the mouth, stretching down the throat, giving an unpleasant feeling not unlike a pile of dust that has settled and is causing irritation. Fast-acting and effective solutions to help ease the symptoms can therefore make a real difference. Difflam™ Sore Throat Rinse is ideal for adults and children over the age of 12 years, bringing fast and long lasting relief from the pain and inflammation of a sore throat. 

facts about sore throats

Sore Throat Fact or Fiction



  • In the UK, approximately 1 in 10 of us are affected by persistent sore throats, while tonsillitis affects around 32 out of every 1,000 people.2
  • Each year 6.7 million adults visit a medical practitioner about sore throats.2
  • Top Tip - Feed a cold and starve a fever - This is accurate as eating and drinking can help replenish the immune system and speed up the recovery rate when suffering from a cold or flu virus.




myths about sore throats



  • Cold weather causes sore throats - While we are more likely to suffer from a sore throat in the winter months, this is thought to be because we spend more time indoors in close proximity to others, therefore increasing the risk of spreading an infection. The actual cause, however, is usually bacterial or viral.
  • You are most likely to catch a cold and sore throat when kissing -- You can transmit the bacteria or virus that causes a sore throat when kissing, but the main cause of transmission is believed to be sneezing and coughing.
  • Vitamin C can prevent and cure a cold - Research has actually found no conclusive evidence that this is the case.





  1. NHS Choices, Sore Throat. Link http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sore-throat/Pages/Introduction.aspx [Accessed November 2015]
  2. Barlet JG. Management of respiratory tract infections. Baltimore, Maryland: William & Wilkins, 1997: 150-98.

UK/DIF/15/0002c Date of preparation: November 2015