Three tips to ease a sore throat while travelling

Three tips to ease a sore throat while travelling

Travelling opens up a host of opportunities for a sore throat to develop. Being confined for a long length of time in a plane can be a risk factor as everyone is crowded together making it easier for infections to circulate.

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3 tips to ease a sore throat while travelling

Travelling opens up a host of opportunities for a sore throat to develop. Being confined for a long length of time in a plane can be a risk factor as everyone is crowded together making it easier for infections to circulate. Planes also have very little humidity and the air is very dry, which may irritate the mucous membranes of the throat. In addition, taking a well‐deserved break can often result in ‘leisure sickness’, a term used to describe the phenomena where people experience an illness as soon as they relax on weekends or holidays.

This is especially relevant for people with high workloads or difficulty adapting to a non‐work situation.1 Whether you travel for business or pleasure, nobody wants a sore throat to interfere with their travel plans and there are several measures you can take to ensure that it doesn’t.

  1. Keep up your fluids – While on a plane drink plenty of fluids, especially water and hot tea to keep the throat moist or soothe an irritated throat. Before you get to the airport, it may be beneficial to gargle with warm salt water or use a specialised sore throat gargle.
  2. Consider lozenges – Keep lozenges on hand while travelling to help increase saliva production and ease a sore throat.
  3. Humidify your hotel room – Hotel rooms are often over‐heated or over air‐conditioned which may aggravate a sore throat. Either carry a travel sized humidifier or sit for several minutes in a steamy bathroom for symptomatic relief.
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