5 Sore Throat Remedies

We’re all familiar with a sore throat –the swollen glands, slight pain when you cough or swallow, and difficulty talking. Follow these 5 simple remedies during the first signs of these symptoms and you may significantly reduce the number of days you suffer from a sore throat:

  1. Prevent dehydration.

    Particularly drinking enough hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease your throat irritation. We love adding a lot of grated ginger and honey mixed with a little lemon into hot water. Make sure to let it seep for at least 5 minutes to absorb the ginger flavor.
  2. Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.

    salt water gargle for sore throat

    Why Gargle With Salt Water?
    1. It draws moisture out of swollen tissues, relieving inflammation. 2. A salty environment prevents bacteria from growing

    Adding moisture back into the air will help you sleep through the night without coughing from a dry, scratchy throat.
  3. Gargle with warm salt water.

    This will help you reduce swelling and discomfort. Gargle at least once each hour (up to 8 times daily) with 1 tsp (5 g) of sea salt dissolved in 8 fl oz (240 mL) of warm water for 10-30 seconds.
  4. Consider throat lozenges (cough drops) or throat sprays.

    These solutions can provide you temporary relief and keep your throat from being further irritated. (Look for sugar-free options!)
  5. Try a decongestant or a steroid nasal spray if you have a stuffy nose.

    You can get these over-the-counter (OTC). They may help open your air passages and relieve your runny nose and postnasal drip, which may cause a sore throat or make it worse.

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