We’ve spoken several times in this blog about what you should eat and drink when you’re sick, but it’s just as important to know what you shouldn’t eat and drink, and why. Keep reading for a list of what you should avoid when you have a sore throat.Avoid alcohol and caffeineAlcohol and caffeine dehydrate you, which can further irritate your throat.Avoid salty foodsLike alcohol and caffeine, salt can dehydrate you and cause irritation.Avoid spicy foodsSome spicy foods, like chilis and hot sauces, will increase inflammation in your throat.Avoid hard foodsCrackers, toast, raw vegetables and other hard foods can scratch your throat. While you won’t notice it when you’re healthy, a sensitive sore throat may feel pain.Avoid acidic foodsThe acids in lemons, oranges, and tomatoes can irritate your throat and make your discomfort worse.Sore throat care at CEENTAIf your throat is sore for more than a few days, schedule an appointment at CEENTA. Our ENT physicians will diagnose you and develop a treatment plan that will have your throat feeling better and less sensitive to foods that might cause it discomfort.This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our ENT doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.