How to avoid a Sore Throat
Practise good hygiene to avoid a sore throat
A sore throat is commonly caused by viral infections, especially colds and influenza.1 They are transmitted through the air when an infected individual sneezes, talks or coughs. Other people are then exposed to the infection through contact with door handles, computer keyboards, or
telephones.2 The ease with which these contagions spread makes good hygiene essential in avoiding a sore throat.
Hand washing is one of the most simple and overlooked ways to reduce the spread of contagious diseases. It is recommended that you use soap and water and wash for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water is not available, you may also use disposable hand wipes or gel sanitisers. There are also other steps you can take to maintain good hygiene and minimise throat infections. For example, always cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.3
Support your immune systemSupporting your immune system is vital to reducing the infections that cause a sore throat. The immune system is a network of proteins, tissues, cells and organs that work in harmony to protect the body from infective microorganisms and disease.4There are several ways to help your immune system work at its best. Try to get an adequate amount of sleep, reduce stress where possible and eat a good diet with plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and water. Herbal supplements such as Andrographis, Echinacea and Fenugreek may also help to prevent upper respiratory tract infections and sore throats, as they act as immune stimulants and have an antimicrobial action.5
Avoid environmental allergens
A sore throat may be caused by chemicals or allergens in our surrounding environment. Common examples include cigarette smoke, formaldehyde in petrol and diesel fumes, perfumes, paint or paint thinners and insecticides. Try to minimise your exposure to these elements wherever possible. Always maintain proper ventilation in your workspace or home, as this will decrease the amount of chemicals and irritants in the air. Also keep your windows closed when driving, especially when in areas of high traffic, as petrol and diesel fumes contain chemicals that may trigger a sore throat.6
Treat sore throat symptoms promptly
A slight tickle in the throat is often the first clue of an impending infection. While prompt treatment may not prevent the onset of symptoms altogether, it may be effective in lessening the severity and duration of the infection. Using Betadine® at the earliest sign of a sore throat is recommended, as it will begin fighting the bacterial infection immediately.7 Betadine® Sore Throat Gargle is available in two forms, to suit everybody’s needs. The Betadine® concentrated gargle provides convenience to busy individuals at work, on holiday or on the road. For families, Betadine® concentrated gargle provides an economical product for the home medicine cabinet.