What is a
sore throat?

A sore throat, or pharyngitis, is very common. It can cause irritation, discomfort and itchiness, making it difficult or painful to swallow.

There are many causes and symptoms typically go away after a few days, although in some cases the soreness can last longer than a week. If symptoms linger for more than two weeks, you should visit your GP.

Fast-acting, effective remedies to help ease the symptoms can make a real difference. Difflam brings fast, long lasting relief from the pain and inflammation of a sore throat.

Did you know?

Fact

One in four

In the UK, 27% of GP appointments made for respiratory tract infections are because of a sore throat.1

How many?

Each year 1.2 million people visit their GP with sore throat symptoms.2

Feed a cold and starve a fever!

This is true as eating and drinking can help replenish the immune system and speed up the recovery rate when suffering from a cold or flu virus.3

Fiction

Cold weather causes sore throats

We're more likely to get a sore throat in winter, partly because we spend more time indoors with others which increases the risk of infection. It is, however, caused by bacteria or a virus.

You are likely to get a sore throat by kissing

You can transmit the bacteria or virus this way, but the main cause is believed to be sneezing and coughing.

Vitamin C can prevent and cure a cold

Research has actually found no conclusive evidence that this is the case.

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Remember, your pharmacy can help you with any minor health concerns and they’ll let you know if you need to see a doctor.

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