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Sore throat remedies
21 Nov 2017

We are well in to flu season and blocked noses, annoying coughs and itchy throats are troubling us all. Here are some ways to feel better when a sore throat sets in:

 

Saltwater gargle 

Many studies have found that gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria. Just remember to spit the water out after gargling, rather than swallowing. 

 

Lozenges and sprays

Sucking on cough drops stimulates saliva production, which can help keep the throat moist. For an added benefit, choose brands with a cooling or numbing ingredient, such as menthol or eucalyptus.
Over-the-counter sprays produce an effect similar to cooling lozenges. They will not cure your sore throat or help you fight off the underlying cold, but they may help dull the pain temporarily.

 

H2O 

Staying hydrated is very important, especially when you're sick and your throat is irritated or inflamed. Drinking enough water keeps your mucous membranes moist and helps to combat bacteria and irritants like allergens, making your body better able to fight back against other cold symptoms.

 

Tea 

A warm cup of herbal tea can offer immediate, soothing relief for a sore throat. What's more, non-herbal teas contain antioxidants that strengthen immunity and stray off infection. For an extra boost, add a teaspoon of honey, which has antibacterial properties that can help faster healing.

 

Chicken soup

An age-old home remedy for colds, chicken soup is extremely effective in helping to soothe a sore throat. The sodium in the broth has anti-inflammatory properties to help provide relief.

The added benefit of the soup is that it is easy to swallow ensuring that you're getting the nutrients you need to fight off your infection.

 

Humidifier 

Breathing in moist air can help soothe swollen tissue in your nose and throat. A humidifier is a great way to increase the humidity in your room. The machine slowly adds moisture to a room, which when breathed in, will help relieve dryness. Over time, this relief will ease the discomfort in your throat. Be careful, however, not to get the air in your room too damp.

 

Steam Shower

If you don’t have a humidifier, you can still get relief from moist air. Steam inhalation from a shower or sink filled with hot water can help reduce swelling and ease the pain of a sore throat.

While in a warm shower, take deep breaths. You can also create steam relief by running very hot water in a sink. Drape a towel over your head and lean into the sink to breathe in the steam. Keep taking deep breaths for several minutes, and repeat as necessary to ease sore throat symptoms. 

 

See a Doctor if Necessary 

It is important to remember that not every sore throat will go away on its own. If you experience severe pain when swallowing, develop a high fever, or begin vomiting or feeling nauseous, you should make an appointment with your doctor to discount the possibility of anything more serious.


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