With the arrival of autumn, the weather changes appear, and with them can come sore throats, which can be very annoying.
Understanding what the most common causes that lead us to suffer a sore throat, as well as some recommendations to alleviate it are, is important now that low temperatures are approaching and the season of colds, coughs and discomfort is opening.
Most frequent causes of sore throat in adults
Viruses and bacteria are among the most common causes of sore throats in adults. Although, if we suddenly feel a sore throat and do not know what to take; It is advisable to go to the doctor first to determine the causes of this discomfort, avoiding taking antibiotics if a doctor does not prescribe them.
In case the sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection, the GP will prescribe the appropriate medication. However, when the sore throat has another origin, such as that caused by a virus, you have specific drugs available in pharmacies to relieve discomfort.
5 tips to prevent and relieve sore throat
1. Avoid sudden changes in temperature
Both when you get out of the shower, when you get out of bed, or when you go outside at certain times of the day or night. You must prevent your body from experiencing too sudden changes in temperature. For this, it is advisable never to go outside with wet or damp hair, as well as to leave a little warm.
2. Protect your neck in cold weather
You should also protect your neck on colder days. For this, you can always use a scarf, a foulard or a scarf, and not only when you go out. But also, in closed spaces where the heating is on. Sweaters or turtlenecks are also a good solution. Since they are very stylish and protect a lot from the cold.
3. Ventilate the house and do not abuse the heating
Air heating systems and gas radiators dry out the environment a lot. Therefore, it is advisable not to abuse this type of heating in winter. In addition, it is recommended to ventilate the house daily properly. Also, if you work in an air-conditioned place, you should have a foulard or jacket on hand. Since air conditioners dry out our mucous membranes as well as our throat, thus favouring the appearance of sore throats and irritations.
4. Lead a healthy life
Maintaining healthy life routines, such as a healthy and balanced diet or the practice of physical exercise will allow you to have a stronger immune system and prepare for the low temperatures of winter.
Eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as oranges, broccoli, or bell pepper. In case your throat hurts, take some warm teas to relieve discomforts, such as ginger, mint or liquorice tea.
5. Take care of your hygiene when eating food
We live surrounded by viruses and bacteria. In most cases, we are not aware to what extent we are in contact with them. Therefore, every time we go to eat, both mid-morning and noon, it is essential to wash our hands. Also, if we use public transport, we must wash our hands frequently, since it is where more bacteria are concentrated.
By maintaining these customs, you can reduce the probability of catching a cold or suffering from sore throats.