There is no sure way to prevent a sore throat. To help reduce your risk:
- Drink enough Reference fluids to prevent Reference dehydration Opens New Window.
- Reference Wash your hands often, especially when you are around people who are sick.
- Identify and avoid irritants, such as smoke, fumes, or yelling, that cause a sore throat.
- Do not smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid exposure to Reference secondhand smoke Opens New Window. For more information, see the topic Reference Quitting Smoking.
- Avoid contact with people who have Reference strep throat Opens New Window.
- If you have Reference mononucleosis Opens New Window, do not share eating or drinking utensils to prevent spreading the virus to others. A brief kiss on the lips is not likely to spread mono; it is spread when saliva from an infected person enters another person's mouth.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 21, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD