If you are already suffering, there are also ways of limiting the symptoms and encouraging a speedy recovery:
- Drink plenty of water - the vocal folds (commonly known as your vocal cords) need lubrication and any kind of sore throat causes over or under production of phlegm, so keeping them well watered helps.
- Rest, eat a healthy diet and de-stress - easier said than done when you're busy, but these are all essential to recovery.
- It's all about volume - don't whisper as this forces the vocal folds together and can cause more inflammation. it is better to speak at a low but clear level if your throat is sore.
- Keep an even pitch - when we are angry or excited we tend to raise our voice to a higher pitch, but keeping the voice at a medium level will allow you to feel your voice resonate through your chest. Try to manage situations so that you do not need to raise your voice - whether that's at work or at home.
- Be cautious of numbing your throat when singing - if you are a singer, good technique is essential, no matter how good you are naturally. You should never anaesthetise your voice before singing; you need to be able to feel what you are doing.
- Get the right help - different sore throat treatments work in different ways. Visit your pharmacist or ask your healthcare professional for advice on effective treatment for you. Difflam™ Spray and Sore Throat Rinse both provide fast and lasting relief from the nasty symptoms of a sore throat. The Spray can be used by children of all ages, as well as adults, offering a sugar-, latose- and gluten-free solution for when you're on the go. Mint flavoured Difflam™ Sore Throat Rinse can be used like a mouthwash or gargled by anyone over 12-years, helping to treat pain, soreness, swelling and discomfort of the throat.