What can you do to prevent a sore throat?
While you cannot always prevent a sore throat completely, there are things you can do to reduce the risk of catching an infection.
Wash your hands regularly
This can help stop the spread of bacteria or viruses and is especially important if people around you appear to be infected.
If you smoke, try to quit as cigarette smoke irritates the lining of the throat. And if you’re a non-smoker, try to avoid second-hand smoke.
Take Echinacea and zinc
While there is no concrete evidence that these supplements prevent a cold, some studies have suggested that they may help.1
Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth
The cold and flu viruses can enter your body through the eyes, nose and mouth. By not touching them too much, you can limit the risk of droplets on the hands reaching these areas and causing infection.