Sore throats are not usually serious but a scratchy, irritated, painful throat makes doing everyday things like eating and speaking just about unbearable. The good news is that a sore throat will usually clear up in 5 to 7 days and there are steps you can take at home to help ease the symptoms:
- Avoid hot food and drink that may irritate your throat
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Adults and older children can suck pastilles, lozenges or ice cubes.
- Vocalzone Throat Pastilles are specifically formulated to relieve the irritations due to excessive speaking, singing or smoking.
- They also soothe the dry, irritated throat that often accompanies the common cold
- Rest your voice, avoid speaking loudly shouting or singing
- Don’t smoke
- Gargle with a mouthwash of warm salty water
- Over the counter painkillers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen
The human voice is a precious and delicate mechanism and used properly it rarely goes wrong. The best way to avoid a sore throat from overuse is to follow the Vocalzone recommended steps to looking after your voice:
- Always warm up
- Don’t Smoke
- Stay Hydrated
- Avoid late night eating
- Monitor your voice use
- Avoid repeated throat clearing
- Manage your stress
If you have a persistent sore throat, breathiness, hoarseness or pain you should consult your doctor. If your doctor puts you on antibiotics make sure you finish the course. Failing to do this can result in antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that will be impossible to treat with the same medication.