If you smoke, stop. Nonsmokers should avoid secondhand smoke.
To avoid colds and flu that often bring on sore throats, stay away from people who are sick; wash your hands often; do not share food, drink, or utensils; keep your hands away from your eyes and face; eat a healthy diet; get plenty of rest; and drink lots of fluids to help your body ward off disease.
When Gina Gallo, a school librarian in Lacombe, La., gets sick, she can take
care of herself. She gets her own medicine, makes her own food, and "deals with
it," as she puts it. But when her fiancé gets a cold, she says he has "a
complete system breakdown."
"The world stops and the whining is incessant," she says. "I am expected to
bring him food, take care of him, and generally treat him like the baby that he
Gallo's fiancé declined to talk with WebMD for this story. Their Mars-Venus
One cause of sore throat, especially in the winter, is the flu. The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months get a flu vaccine every year.
If you suffer from allergies, you may be prone to sore throats. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may also give you frequent sore throats. Getting treated for these problems can usually lower the number of sore throats, so talk to your doctor.