Winter is coming, and that means more than just holidays and cold weather. It also means the arrival of colds, coughs, and sore throats. If you want to avoid suffering with a sore throat all season, here are the most common causes of sore throats, and how you can help prevent them.
Most sore throats come from one of two basic causes: infectious sources, and non-infectious sources.
Infectious sources include:
Why are these conditions more common in the winter? It’s simple: because people are closed up indoors instead of outside. Contagious viral germs spread more quickly and easily indoors, and schools tend to be particularly germ-friendly. People also tend not to be diligent about hand-washing, and that only helps spread contagion.
Non-infectious sources of sore throat include:
Identifying a chronic sore throat can be tricky. In most cases, a sore throat from an infectious source will last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. As you have no doubt experienced, a sore throat from a common cold usually gives way to congestion within a day or two.
On the other hand, a sore throat from an ongoing condition such as dry air or allergies can last all season long. In such cases, there may not be much recourse except to treat the symptoms.
Just as with the common cold, it may be impossible to entirely avoid getting a sore throat this winter season. However, there are steps you can take to make a sore throat less likely and make yourself more comfortable should you get one:
If you have questions about a sore throat that’s lasted much longer than expected, get in touch with Virginia ENT to schedule an appointment and talk to one of our physicians.