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Sore Throat | How To Get Rid Of A Sore Throat (2019)

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Up to nine out of ten sore throat infections cannot be treated with antibiotics

I'm going to teach you how to treat a sore throat at home

It's a chilly one today

so sore throats are very common and they're usually nothing to worry about

they normally get better by themselves within a week

but 1.2 million people still visit their GP every year in the UK for a sore throat

1.2 million people

and sore throats are the largest contributor of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in England

and it amounts to nearly 23%

normally I don't like to be the healthcare professional who's all doom and gloom

but the reality is this inappropriate antibiotic prescribing is contributing to a

rapid increase in antibiotic resistance which is a massive global threat for everyone

so I really do hope my tips help you today

but if you need further expert advice on your sore throat then pharmacists should always be

your first port of call now let's get to it

for sore throats the first thing I advise nearly all my patients to do is to gargle warm salty water

because it's actually really effective it's relatively inexpensive

and almost everyone well most people can do at home gargling warm salty water can

help soothe the throat and reduce inflammation so to make your solution

all you need is half a teaspoon of salt a mug and then dissolve it in some boiled water

once you've dissolved it let it cool and then gargle it

make sure you don't swallow it and it's also not suitable for children

tip 2 drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration I know it's

tempting when you're not well and it's painful to swallow to maybe drink less

water but when you're not feeling well and let's say you have a temperature

you're at higher risk of dehydration becoming dehydrated can make headaches

and tiredness worse and can even lengthen recovery time so you need to

aim for six to eight glasses a day and avoid hot drinks hot drinks can actually make sore throats worse

tip 3 paracetamol and ibuprofen these painkillers are

great at reducing sore throat pain and also a fever now to keep sore throat

symptoms to a minimum I'd advise you to take a dose at

regular intervals this is as directed by a pharmacist or on the medication packaging

tip 4 medicated lozenges containing local anaesthetics like

benzocaine, hexylresorcinol or anti-inflammatories like flurbiprofen

have shown some evidence to reduce sore throat pain by a small amount these can

also be taken alongside paracetamol and as always with all medication please

always speak to your pharmacist and read the information leaflet that comes with

it to make sure that is suitable to take it there are also other tips that can

help manage your sore throat symptoms so for instance eating cool or soft foods

avoiding smoking and sucking on ice lollies ice cubes and boiled sweets I

would avoid giving these to young children however due to risk of choking

and last but not least if you can, rest

and maybe watch Abraham the pharmacist videos too because

they may make you feel better on a more serious

note however that there are times that you should see your doctor when you have

a sore throat now I've left more information about this in the

description below and I'd recommend everyone to read it hey guys thanks for

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