Published: 05/24/2013 - Updated: 02/20/2018
Author: Miriam Reyes
A sore throat is characterised by a recurring cough, hoarseness and continuous pain. Although often we underestimate this symptom, if it is persistent it is recommended to seek medical advice, as this is our body's way of letting us know that something is not right.
Remedies for a sore throat
- Tickling of the throat: Although the bitter taste in the mouth is awful, a clove (the spice) can relieve the discomfort in just matter of minutes.
- For a sore throat: Gargle with warm, salt water. The high concentration of salt tends to have a remarkable bactericidal effect and the saline element helps to reduce inflammation.
- Avoid breathing through the mouth: Breath through the nose where possible.
- To prevent hoarseness: Inhale moist air, for example through a vaporiser. Breathe slowly and deeply to relieve hoarseness.
- Sensitive throat: Apply a warm compress on the front of the throat, in the recessed part for about 15 minutes, for 5 or 7 times a day. This remedy can also help hoarseness.
- The infallible remedy: Honey with lemon: Pour a tablespoon of honey into lemon juice and make a syrup, add some hot water to dissolve the element. Honey helps soothe the throat and relieve dryness.
- Dry throat: Add two tablespoons of salt to a quarter cup of warm water, pour a small amount, inhale slowly through your nose. This will help eliminate the feeling of a parched or dry throat.
- Baking soda for a sore throat: Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda in two cups of water and drink this water throughout the day.
If the weather is playing havoc with your throat, the following recommendations are recommended:
- Avoid smoking: Smoking irritates the throat since the nasopharynx depletes vitamin C and paralyses the respiratory cilia and promotes residue in the affected area. Smoking is harmful to the throat and to the rest of the body too.
- Drink plenty of fluids: For a persistent sore throat, hot liquids are excellent and highly recommended. It is best not to drink cold liquids because they prevent the movement of by-products and cause congestion. Sipping hot liquids during the day is a good way to relieve a sore throat. Teas are a good idea to consume.
- Avoid milk: Dairy products line the throat and irritate mucous tissues more.
- Correct your posture during sleep: A sore throat can be sourced from sleeping with the mouth open, which dries the tissues of the pharynx, as well as sleeping with the head below the level of the body or back so there may be a reflux, causing stomach acid to come back up into the esophagus and burn and/or irritate the throat. For these kinds of problem, doctors recommend raising the back of the bed about 10 inches. This can be achieved using a couple of bricks under the bed. If the problem is because you are breathing through your mouth, it is advisable to put a humidifier in very dry environments.
- Discard your toothbrush: Your toothbrush may be serving as a reservoir for bacteria that cause throat irritations, especially if the pain is recurrent, so it is suggested to purchase a new one to replace the used toothbrush.
- Go to your doctor: If pains and irritations persist, or other symptoms besides a sore throat begin to show, it is important that you go to your doctor because it may be a sign or symptom of something more serious.
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