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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 Mail Online: '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.''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.
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 Mail Online has spoken to an expert to determine exactly what you can do to avoid falling victim to the brutal side effects of a cold.
Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert at Nottingham Trent University, said it was 'inevitable' it will reach Britain.
Research for Ultra Chloraseptic, a fast-acting anaesthetic throat spray, confirms that nine out of ten adults will suffer at least one sore throat a year, and one in ten people will succumb to five or more infections annually.
The dreaded Aussie flu outbreak that the NHS is preparing for will be the worst in 50 years, experts warned in September.
Some A&E units in Australia had 'standing room only' after being swamped by more than 100,000 cases of the H3N2 strain.
It's a guide that will come in handy this winter, as the UK braces 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.