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Surviving the Winter Blues and Tackling Sore Throats:
Nothing could be worse than waking up with a throbbing headache and a sore throat, particularly when you have a pile of work to get through, children to take care of and clients to see. If you find that winter with its cold weather, contagious sniffles and long, gloomy nights a disheartening experience, then you are most certainly not alone.
The old adage, prevention is better than cure, certainly holds true – therefore being proactive this winter will not only lift your mood, but will ensure you deal with the dreaded bugs effectively.
In most instances, sore throats are caused by viral infections. Other symptoms that usually accompany a sore throat include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing and coughs as well as mild fever.
If your sore throat is viral, antibiotics won’t be able to assist. Instead gargle with warm salt water or use a antiseptic gargle, throat spray or lozenges.
In most instances, sore throats are not serious and often pass after a couple of days. There are certain home treatments that you can use to relieve a sore throat.
Your immune-boosting supplement tool kit should consist of:
Take these daily during the cold winter months
Eating the right things this winter for good health:
Choose natural immune-boosting herbs and spices to give you that kick-start to fight flu symptoms before they even start.
Spice up your meals during the cold months by using more garlic, ginger and turmeric as well as cayenne pepper – not only are these spices and herbs powerful antioxidants but they are also excellent digestive aids and brilliant immune boosters.
Handy tips to relieve symptoms of a sore throat:
When you need to see your GP for a sore throat:
Painkillers for sore throats:
Over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol will assist with sore throats and reduce high fevers.
Never exceed the recommended dosage as prescribed.
Take note that children under the age of sixteen should not take aspirin.
Your doctor will treat your sore throat with antibiotics when:
If your sore throat is bacterial antibiotics may be necessary to clear up the infection as is the case of Streptococcal infections, in this case, other symptoms that may be present are a sore throat, white patches on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck area, fever, a runny nose and a cough.
This will also be the case if you are vulnerable and are at risk of contracting a severe infection and if you have a weakened immune system – individuals that have HIV or diabetes are prone to getting severe infections.
If your sore throat is particularly severe or if your throat infection recurs, your medical practitioner will in all probability prescribe antibiotics.
If your child has recurring infections of the tonsils a tonsillectomy may be recommended by your doctor.
In most instances, sore throats don’t lead to complications.
Other causes of sore throats:
By avoiding acidic and difficult to digest food and seeking treatment for allergies for GERD, plus giving up smoking and drinking less can drastically reduce many of the GERD symptoms.
Get to the bottom of a sore throat this winter, if you have any concerns visit your pharmacy or seek medical advice from your medical practitioner.