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Advice On Sore Throat Remedies

Sore throats are uncomfortable – and coughing only makes them worse. Our products can help you beat it, but here’s a few helpful suggestions to speed up the process.

Do...

  • Gargle warm salt water – do not swallow. A teaspoonful of salt in a glass of warm water is traditionally used
  • Drink warm (not hot) beverages to warm the irritated membranes and help relieve symptoms
  • Put a bowl of water near your radiator at night to keep the air humid and your throat lining moist
  • Brush your tongue – sometimes removing the build-up on your tongue can lessen the soreness in your throat
  • Drink ice-cold drinks – try sucking through a straw and drinking slowly, letting the drink rest at the back of your throat for a few seconds

Don't...

  • Smoke – this can further irritate the linings of the nose and throat
  • Eat spicy foods, as these may make symptoms worse
  • Close your windows – fresh air is good for your immune system

When to see your GP

Sometimes you need an extra hand to diagnose or treat your cold or flu. Make sure you visit your GP if any of the following apply:

  • A sore throat that does not improve after a week
  • Pain does not improve after three or four days of treatment
  • A sore throat is accompanied by:
    • Pain on opening the mouth
    • Cough with blood-stained sputum
    • Difficulty breathing
    • A skin rash
    • Swelling on one side of the throat with severe pain
    • Loss of appetite or severe fatigue
    • Hoarseness doesn’t improve with time or treatment
    • Severe joint pains, stiff neck and light sensitivity

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