How to avoid sore throats during the holidays

August 10, 2020


How To Avoid Sore Throats During The Holidays Min

Holidays are all merry and fun. But what do you do when your throat starts to get dry, itchy and irritable?

 

Usually, the holidays here in the Philippines are the coldest of all months. Cold air can dry out the tissue in the throat and can cause severe irritation. Symptoms can worsen when you breathe through your mouth rather than the nose. Because of this, it is common for people to have a sore throat from cold weather.To avoid having a sore throat from cold air, make sure to remember to breathe through your nose so that moisture can be added to the air.1

Holidays also mean Christmas and year-end parties almost every night for a week or two. You have one with your families, different groups of friends, and with your co-workers. Needless to say, it as a time for loads of eating and drinking on consecutive nights.

 

The party season is when sore throat becomes more prevalent according to a study in Britain.2 Parties also mean higher incidence of drinking and smoking. This is why, according to this study, it’s unsurprising that smoking ranks highly on the list of causes of a sore throat for almost 1 in 5 (15%) of Brits, closely followed by drinking.2

 

But what if you can’t really avoid these during parties? Here are some ways to avoid sore throat:

  1. Wash your hands often.
    a. Proper and frequent washing of hands is one of the best ways to avoid infections like sore throat.
  2. Stay hydrated.
    a. Drink lots of water! When you’re dehydrated, you can’t produce enough saliva and mucus to keep your throat lubricated which will make the swelling and inflammation worse.3
  3. Avoid touching your hands and mouth.
    a. Virus can’t enter your body until you touch your mouth, eyes, or nose. So be conscious of this habit.
  4. Rest your body
    a. There’s nothing like a good rest to boost your immune system. In between partying and travelling during the holidays, make sure that you get enough rest to avoid getting sick.

 

However careful you are, sometimes, you just can’t avoid getting sore throat. When this happens, try Sorexidine, an oral gargle solution that contains Chlorhexidine Digluconante which kills germs causing sore throat and other oropharyngeal infections. If your throat pain lasts longer than three weeks or if you are concerned, visit your local doctor.

 

 

Sources:

  1. How cold weather affects your ear nose ann throat [Retrieved from: https://www.texashealthflowermound.com/how-cold-weather-affects-your-ear-nose-throat/. Last accessed on August 5, 2019]
  2. The reason for your sore throat may surprise you… and it’s not illness [Retrieved from: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/733728/sore-throats-not-caused-by-illness. Last accessed on August 6, 2019]
  3. Help for Sore Throat [Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/help-sore-throats#hydration. Last accessed on August 6, 2019]