A sore throat can be a symptom of a cold coming on.
Although some people seek medical attention as soon as possible, you may want to try one of the following home remedies as suggested by Dr. Jeffrey Linder, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston.
- Gargle with saltwater
Several studies have found that gargling with warm salt water a few times daily can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucous thus helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.
Doctors usually recommend dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water. You can try adding a small amount of honey to sweeten the mixture slightly if you find it difficult to swallow the salty water.
- Take throat lozenges
Sucking on throat lozenges stimulates the production of saliva, which may help moisten your throat. These days there are a wide variety of flavours to choose from but try selecting those with menthol or eucalyptus as they will help bring about relief due to their cooling and numbing effects.
- Increase fluid intake
Be sure to stay well hydrated when you’re unwell or when your throat is irritated or inflamed. Dr Linder says. “You should be drinking enough fluid so that your urine is light yellow or clear. This will keep your mucous membranes moist and makes your body better able to fight back against other cold symptoms.”
To soothe a sore throat, try drinking a warm cup of herbal tea with a teaspoon of honey. The antibacterial properties of the honey will help to heal your throat faster.
People often underestimate the value of rest. “Making sure your body is well rested will at least help it fight off the virus so you can get better sooner.”, says Dr Linde.
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