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How to help ease a sore throat

A sore throat can be uncomfortable and irritating, making it hard to eat and drink and generally making you feel unwell. Here are our top tips on how to help soothe a sore throat.

Causes of pain in the throat

Many things can cause a sore throat, including colds and flu, but in many cases it’s caused by an infection. Usually the symptoms go within one week and should be nothing to cause concern – but it’s important to see your GP if your symptoms are severe, your sore throat doesn’t clear up after a week or you have constant pain.

Treating a sore throat

Sore throats are common but their symptoms can be very unpleasant. Here are some treatments to help soothe the pain:

  • Painkillers – paracetamol, for example, can help relieve pain
  • Keep hydrated by drinking lots of cold or lukewarm non-alcoholic drinks
  • Choose your food carefully by eating soft, cool foods that won’t hurt your throat, and avoid hot drinks
  • Adults can gargle warm, salty water to help soothe a sore throat
  • Avoid smoking and smoky places