SORE THROAT – AN UNBEARABLE PAIN

Nothing could be worse than waking up with a throbbing headache and a sore throat, particularly when you have a pile of work to get through, children to take care of and clients to see. If you find that winter with its cold weather, contagious sniffles and long, gloomy nights is a disheartening experience, then you are most certainly not alone. By being proactive this winter, it will not only lift your mood, but also ensure you deal with the dreaded bugs effectively.

In most instances, sore throats are caused by viral infections. Other symptoms that usually accompany a sore throat include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughs as well as mild fever.

If your sore throat is viral, antibiotics won’t help. In most instances, sore throats are not serious and often pass after a couple of days.

EATING THE RIGHT THINGS THIS WINTER FOR GOOD HEALTH:

Choose natural immune-boosting herbs and spices to give you that kick-start to fight flu symptoms before they even start.

Spice up your meals during the cold winter months by using more garlic, ginger and turmeric as well as cayenne pepper – not only are these spices and herbs powerful antioxidants, but they are also excellent digestive aids and brilliant immune boosters.

HANDY TIPS TO RELIEVE SYMPTOMS OF A SORE THROAT:

  • Use an antiseptic gargle or throat spray, or gargle with warm salty water to help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Sucking lozenges or ice lollies will relieve the soreness of throats.
  • Avoid smoking or environments that are smoky.
  • Drink warm liquids or eat cool soft food.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially if you have a fever.

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR GP FOR A SORE THROAT?

  • Should you fall into a risk group – including those with weakened immune systems from medication or HIV.
  • If you have symptoms that persist and don’t improve through self-care.
  • If you suffer from a continuously sore throat, swollen glands and fever, and you’re between the ages of 15 and 25. It could be glandular fever – a viral infectious disease that can persist for up to six weeks.
  • Visit your nearest emergency facility if you experience severe pain, have difficulty breathing and swallowing. If your voice becomes inaudible or if you begin to drool, or you make a high-pitched sound as you breathe.

PAINKILLERS FOR SORE THROATS:

Over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol will assist with sore throats and reduce high fevers. Never exceed the recommended dosage as prescribed. Take note that children under the age of sixteen should not take aspirin.