A handy guide from Strepsils: how to stay well at festivals
Plus the chance to win £250 worth of vouchers to spend on summer fun
Virtual Festivals - 20 June 2011
The latest research from Strepsils reports that 82% of people have claimed to have suffered from a sore throat over the
summer with 28% of people saying that they'd missed out because of one, so don’t let a sore throat make you miss out
on your party this year.
Leading independent GP Dr. Rob Hicks says: "At festivals, partying and over-using the voice may weaken a person's immune system leaving them more susceptible to any viral or bacterial infections they come into contact with. Also, any pollution exposure during a festival or prolonged periods outside can irritate the throat."
The festival season contains many hazards, these handy hints from Strepsils, the throat experts, should make sure you’re able to stay ‘on song’ with your favourite headliners:
Avoid irritants that can cause reddening and swelling. Think cigarette smoke, pollution and shouting.
Nose how to breathe!
Breathe in through your nose. Your nose is an excellent filter of bacteria and other harmful irritants and helps warm the air too.
Spray when you’ve got the space!
Avoid using deodorants in a closed space if you find they irritate the throat – that includes tents!
Keep your throat moist!
Swallow regularly. Our saliva naturally helps cleanse the throat.
Use medication if needed!
If necessary take a medicated lozenge for effective relief from a pesky sore throat.
Your throat isn’t the only thing that needs looking after at the festival. These tips should help keep you in ship shape and dancing all day long:
Eat something healthy!
While it's much easier to eat healthily at festivals these days, it's most likely not going to be your priority. How about taking some cereal bars with you for a quick and easy bit of nutrition, before you eat your body weight in noodles? Vital vitamins found in fruit and vegetables will also help support your immune system.
Drinking plenty of water will help you keep your voice and it'll also keep you hydrated. Things are bound to get sweaty; the more liquids you get onboard, the easier you’ll find it staying in the game once you're drinking something a little stronger! But please remember to drink sensibly!
Even if you’re at Bestival, no-one wants to look like a lobster after too much sun - even if that's the fancy dress theme. There are less painful and healthier ways to get the look, so make sure you slap the suncream on!
Be prepared for all weather!
While you're being optimistic with the suncream, be realistic and bring wellies or walking boots with you. If things start to get muddy, your Converse are unlikely to be much help, and the "two pairs of socks and lots of plastic bags" alternative might mean you get trenchfoot. If it’s muddy at Glastonbury, rolling about in it is probably not a great idea either. If the weather is great – fingers crossed - hayfever is also a common hazard at festivals. Sufferers beware!
Finally, don't buy a jester hat - those things are flammable for a reason.
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you avoid picking up anything nasty during your festival weekend.
As part of their mission to make sure you can make it all the way through ‘Crazy In Love’, Strepsils are giving four lucky winners the chance to win £250 worth of vouchers to spend on summer fun of their choice.
To enter, visit
www.strepsils.co.uk/win and answer this question:
What does SAT stand for?
a) Season Affected Throat
b) Surf And Turf
c) Sex And The City
Terms and Conditions: Entry to the prize draw can only be made via Strepsils.co.uk/win. Participants must be 18 or over. Competition starts 25/05/11 & ends 02/09/11. No purchase necessary. No alternative prizes available. For full details go to Strepsils.co.uk/win
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