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Thoroughly washing your hands is the best way to prevent getting a sore throat. Other prevention methods include not smoking, covering the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, and avoiding your eyes, mouth, and nose after direct contact with someone who has an upper respiratory infection. It is also a good idea to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer.
Suggestions for Preventing a Sore ThroatThe best way to prevent getting a sore throat is frequent hand cleaning. Wash your hands regularly, and teach your children how to clean their hands properly.
To properly wash your hands, scrub them briskly for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. Pay special attention to the fingernails, between the fingers, and the wrists. After washing, dry them with a disposable towel. When you don't have access to soap and water, carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer containing at least 62 percent alcohol.
Other things that will help with sore throat prevention include the following:
- Do not share eating or drinking utensils, especially with a person who has a sore throat or upper respiratory infection (coughing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, etc).
- Do not touch your eyes, mouth, or nose after direct contact with someone who has a cold or other upper respiratory infection.
- Cover the nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use the inside of the elbow to cover the nose and mouth to contain the spread of infectious fluids and prevent contaminating the hands.
- For those diagnosed with strep throat, stay at home from school, daycare, or work for at least 24 hours after antibiotics are started.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.