It’s that time of year when people start having the sniffles, runny noses and the dreaded sore throat–ahhh! If you wake up and it hurts to swallow (the worst!) you need to make sure you take care of it–fast. There are some things that actually irritate and make a sore throat way worse. What are they?
We sat down with Chloraseptic spokeswoman Maria Marzella Mantione, BSPharm, PharmD, CGP, FAPhA, to get her expert tips on the one thing you should NEVER do if you have a sore throat:
And the answer is to: don’t eat ‘coarse’ foods! “When you have a sore throat, you may find that hard and scratchy foods make it worse. If you do, it is best to avoid those foods that feel “harsh” on your already irritated throat,” Mantione says. Coarse foods are things like dry toast, granola and uncooked veggies. “Stick with soothing, smooth foods and drinks.” She also recommends a spoonful of honey.
So, there you have it! The one thing you should never do if you wake up with a sore throat this season. We hope you don’t get sick, but if you do, here are a few more of Mantione’s tips for dealing with a sore throat:
Rest your voice. Try to limit how much you speak or avoid it altogether. Be sure to pop a lozenge (she recommends Chloraseptic!) for fast-acting relief for your sore throat when you must do some talking.
Stay away from irritants such as cigarette smoke or fumes from paint or cleaning products. “These can irritate your throat, lungs and increase your chances of getting worse.”