The bad news: most sore throats can’t be cured. In about 70 per cent of cases, it’s a virus that is causing your sore throat - meaning that antibiotics will not help. But the good news is that you don’t have to suffer (in silence, or otherwise) until you get healthy again. Here a few ways to alleviate that annoying scratchy feeling. Drinking and sucking sweets: Liquids help to keep mucus moist, so drinking a lot is a good idea. Water is always best but tea is also acceptable - but not too hot because it can further irritate the mucous membranes. 6 herbal remedies to beat the flu season Be wary of peppermint tea or other strongly brewed teas as they can also irritate the mucous membranes. Cough drops or lozenges help, as sucking on one will coat your throat and alleviate soreness. The ingredients put in the cough drops is only of secondary importance. Fresh air: Rather than staying under the covers the whole day with a sore throat, make a point to take a short walk or two during the daytime. This is important, as central air or heating often dry out mucus, increasing your susceptibility to the virus and inviting further symptoms. 11 hacks to keep you warm as the temperature drops But don’t go full-on fitness freak: it’s recommended to avoid jogging or other sports until you are feeling better. Medical help: If the pain is too strong, taking standard painkiller tablets may be the right call. But if you have symptoms that last longer than six days, if you develop a fever, or if it becomes difficult to breathe, you should go to the doctor. This article was curated by Young Post . Better Life is the ultimate resource for enhancing your personal and professional life.