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How to Relieve a Sore Throat

Other Diseases By Rory Coen , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Sep 06, 2012
How to Relieve a Sore Throat

A sore throat is an inflammation or a swelling of the oropharynx, which is directly behind the tongue.  It can cause severe pain and discomfort, making swallowing awkward and sore.

Man with sore throatA sore throat is an inflammation or a swelling of the oropharynx, which is directly behind the tongue.  It can cause severe pain and discomfort, making swallowing awkward and sore. Relief from a sore throat can be sourced in different ways and this piece hopes to provide some remedies that will rid you of it quickly. [Read: How to Prevent Sore Throat]


Hot water and salt

Drinking plenty of hot fluids is helpful in eradicating the bad bacteria which are causing the infection, but to really get to grips with relieving the sore throat, you need to gargle a solution of extremely hot water and salt for about 4-5 seconds at a time. Spit it out and do it again when your throat is ready to take some more; drinking some cold water between gargles helps. The hot water and salt will help to kill off the bacteria and slow down their proliferation.

When you are not gargling, it’s important to keep fluids pouring into your system. Hot fluids will soothe and ease your sore throat in the short term, but you will need to keep you body hydrated as well. Toxins can complement the symptoms of a sore throat and slow down your recovery time. A continuous river of water flowing through your body will flush out these toxins, helping you to rid yourself of that sore throat quickly. [Read: Homeopathic Remedies for Sore Throat]


Home Remedies

A solution of honey and warm water is often produces effective relief from a sore throat. Others add a tea-spoon of juice from the bark of a mango tree to boiling water.  Another home remedy includes adding cumin seeds and garlic to boiling water and allowing it to simmer for a few moments.  An effective herbal remedy which eases the pain of sore throats is applying crushed betal leaves to the throat area externally. If the sore throat is complemented by a cough, then you could crush the berries of this plant and add to honey to help the condition. [Read: Home Remedies for Sore Throat]



 The effects of a sore throat can be quite irritating and you will find it difficult to concentrate on more important things. Lozenges help to numb the pain in the short term as your body tries to ease the sore throat.  Lozenges which contain menthol, benzocaine or phenol are best.
You may opt instead for analgesic remedies to reduce extreme pain or inflammation in the throat. Aspirin, nurofen, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be purchased over-the-counter, but you may prefer discussing your sore throat with a doctor before you engage with these remedies.


Oral Hygiene

Keep your mouth as clean as possible by brushing your teeth and your tongue two or three times a day. Floss between your teeth and rinse it with mouthwash when you can. These steps help to reduce the amount of bacteria influencing the respiratory tract and especially the sore throat, where the bacterial infection is greatest.


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