Avoiding sore throats

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

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This can help stop the spread of bacteria or viruses and is especially important if people around you appear to be infected.

Avoid smoke

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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

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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

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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.

The Difflam range

30ml Difflam™ Throat Spray with packaging

Difflam Throat Spray

Difflam Spray delivers fast-acting1 sore throat relief for all the family, including children under 6.

200ml Difflam™ Throat Rinse with packaging

Difflam Sore Throat Rinse

Mint flavoured Difflam Sore Throat Rinse can be used as a mouthwash or gargle by adults and children over 12.

Difflam Lozenges

Difflam Lozenges (available in 4 flavours) deliver relief of pain and irritation of the mouth and throat, for adults and children over the age of 6.