(HealthDay News) -- The arrival of colder weather typically invites a spike in sore throats.
While uncomfortable, a normal sore throat can be treated at home with rest and plenty of fluids. In more serious cases, a bacteria or virus can trigger a sore throat, which may require a doctor's care.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery suggests how to help prevent a typical sore throat:
- Don't smoke or hang around people who do. Tobacco smoke contains toxic chemicals that can irritate the throat lining.
- If you have allergies, you're more likely to develop a sore throat. Treating symptoms can prevent your throat from becoming irritated.
- Avoid exposure to polluted air, which can contain tiny particles that can irritate your throat.
- Promptly treat cases of sinus infection or post nasal drip.
- If you live or work at a child care center, classroom, office, dormitory, prison or military base, wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of infection in these closer quarters.