The throat runs from the back of the mouth to the top of the respiratory and digestive tracts and has three main parts – the tonsils, pharynx and larynx. You could think of it as the main highway for air, dust and food but with a filter lane for any bacteria, viruses and other irritants that may have gotten on the road. The throat is designed to capture all of these irritants and filter them out before they can cause further havoc. This process can result in an inflamed throat or throat infection.
Sore throats are common, especially in children and teenagers, largely because young people have not built up their immunity (resistance) against many of the viruses and bacteria that can cause sore throats.
If you have a sore throat already, to make yourself and your throat feel better here are some options:
- Drink plenty of warm liquids to keep your level of body fluids up
- Try to breathe through your nose. If your nose feels congested, inhaling the steam from a bowl of hot water will help it to clear or look for a lozenge which also offers a decongestant
- Try to avoid alcohol. The idea that alcohol ‘disinfects’ the throat is unfortunately a myth! In fact, drinking alcohol is much more likely to irritate than soothe a sore throat
- Swallow – it might hurt but its one of the best things you can do because saliva is a natural lubricant so it helps soothe a sore throat
- Sucking an effective medicated lozenge can help lubricate the lining of the throat further bringing real, noticeable relief. And if you choose one from the Strepsils range, rest assured that it can provide fast and long lasting relief.