The sore throat survival guide: Consultant reveals the four tips that will work and the four that won't in the coming weeks as flu season takes hold

Mail Online | 12/7/2017 | Stephen Matthews For Mailonline
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It's a guide that will come in handy this winter, as the UK is braced for an 'inevitable' surge in sore throats in the coming weeks.

The common ailment, which leaves you with a raspy voice, is often the first sign of a cold or flu - and can leave you feeling awful.

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And as the dreaded 'Aussie flu' is expected to wreak havoc here after already blighting Australia, it is expected that most of us will succumb to a sore throat before the clocks go forward to signal the start of summer.

Now MailOnline has spoken to an expert to determine exactly what you can do to avoid falling victim to the brutal side effects of a cold.

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Alasdair Mace, an ear, nose and throat consultant based at Charing Cross and St Mary's Hospitals in London, revealed his best tips.

They range from steering clear of alcoholic festive drinks that can dehydrate you, such as hot toddys, to eating immune system-boosting oranges - full of vitamin C.

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Mr Mace, an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London has predicted a sharp rise in sore throats over the next few weeks.

He told MailOnline: 'As a sore throat is usually the first symptom of a cold or flu, and we are expecting the usual significant rise in flu in the early winter period, it’s inevitable that there will be a similar surge in sore throats, too.'

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'Ninety-five per cent of sore throats are viral, and don't respond to antibiotics, but the good news is that they will usually get better within a few days, or a week.' he says.

'You can often tell by looking at the back of your throat using a torch and a mirror. If it's very red and swollen, it's most likely a virus.

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