At the first sign of a sore throat, if you blast it immediately, you can often abort the sore throat or the flu that it heralds with these quick tricks:
1) homeopathic aconitum 30C. Suck on 4 pellets under the tongue; repeat every hour 3 or 4 times.
2) “Isatis” Chinese herbal formula made by Seven Forests Chinese herbs. Take a dose every two hours until sore throat symptoms subside (up to 4 doses in a day).
3) garlic. Tuck a clove of garlic in each back cheek pouch and leave for 2 hours. It can burn a bit if you score the cloves with your teeth, so do so at your own level of comfort. The garlic oils directly bathe the mucous membranes of the throat and kill any pathogen: virus, staph, strep, whatever the invading organism.
4) gargle repeatedly with warm salt water – use sea salt.
I always have the aconitum and the Isatis in my medicine cabinet so they are on hand when needed. You can take both to be doubly certain if you wish. With them on hand, I never get a flu or sore throat. To purchase Isatis, google Seven Forests Chinese herbs; to purchase homeopathic remedies, check natural food stores, some pharmacies, or look online.
Remember, you can always call for a short (5 minute, or so) Quantum Techniques session to abort that sore throat or nasty cold or flu.
To your health!