Sore throats can be caused by infectious and non-infectious triggers. Most cases are infectious, with a large proportion caused by viruses. However, they may also be caused by:
- Shouting or voice strains
- Polluted environment
- Changes in air temperature
- Hearty food or spicy food
- Lack of Rest
- Low Immunity
- Not drinking enough water
Sore throat is a common symptom of cold and flu. Usually, common cold symptoms will last from a few days to a week or more before recovering fully without any medical help. But there are some things you can do yourself that may help relieve the symptoms.
REST: Have plenty of sleep and rest.
KEEP HYDRATED: Drink plenty of fluids as this will help keep your throat moist.
TRY COMFORTING FOODS & DRINKS: Warm broth, caffeine-free tea or warm water with honey or cold drinks and ice pops may help to soothe a sore throat.
You can also try medicated lozenges that can provide effective sore throat relief on the go. Try NEW Strepsils Extra, it has an advanced formula that doesn’t just have antibacterial action, but also numbs the pain of inflamed sore throats with anaesthetic action.
Most sore throats resolve without complication, however it is recommended to visit your doctor if:
- Your symptoms are severe
- You have persistent symptoms that have not started to improve after a week
- You experience severe sore throats frequently