Sore Throat Top Tips

Sore throat top tips

While you cannot always prevent a sore throat completely, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of catching an infection:

 

  • Wash your hands regularly – this can help stop the spread of bacteria or viruses and is especially important if people around you seem to be infected.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth – the cold and flu viruses can enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth. By not touching them too much, you can limit the risk of droplets on the hands reaching these areas and causing infection.
  • Consume Echinacea and zinc – while there is no solid evidence that these can really prevent a cold, some studies have suggested that they may help.

Speed up your sore throat recovery

A happy healthy diet of fruit and salad can help aid sore throat recovery

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. 

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