This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078
These days we are living in a 24/7 world. With many of us taking work home, we sometimes lack the time to rest and get a good night’s sleep. In addition to this, every once in a while, a painful sore throat comes along without any regard for your pending deadlines or commitments and they can last for a whole week.
An upper respiratory infection caused by viruses or bacteria can lead to inflammation in the throat. If your symptoms last longer than a week, keep coming back, or the pain is severe, visit your doctor. You should also visit if you have a sore throat and a very high temperature, you feel hot and shivery, or if you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of diabetes or chemotherapy.
Try out Strepsils’ top tips below to help fight your throat pain.
Get plenty of rest
Sleep helps us fight infection. A study highlighted the lack of sleep as being important in determining the risk of catching the common cold virus. Did you know that those who sleep for less than six hours are almost four times more likely to get a cold than those who sleep for seven hours or more? It is amazing what an extra hour of sleep can do for the body!
Avoid food or drink that is too hot
Stay away from hot drinks or spicy foods as these can irritate your throat.
Avoid smoky and polluted environments
Airborne irritants can also irritate your throat. While you are beating a sore throat, you should make your house a no-smoking zone. Even passive smoking from second-hand smoke can lead to sore throat.
Don't shout or talk too much
It is best to refrain from using your voice throughout the day. Shouting can cause sore throat in people so try to give your voice a break. Although you may not see dramatic improvements, you are preventing things getting any worse.
Take anti-inflammatory medicine
Throughout the day and night, you can treat your symptoms with the Strefen Lemon & Honey Lozenges, which relieve the pain and fights the inflammation that causes the pain. They soothe the throat fast and can work for up to 4 hours.
Contains flurbiprofen for fast, targeted and long-lasting relief for sore throats. Works for up to 4 hours. Always read the label.
This information is not intended to diagnose, in case of any doubt please contact your pharmacist or GP.