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.

To save on medications for throat infections, such as amoxicillin, cephalexin, erythromycin, and penicillin, as well as other prescriptions, simply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

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12/23/2015 

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Are You at Risk for COPD?

BB_COPD-smallMaybe you’ve seen the commercials, or perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also referred to as COPD. It is commonly used as an umbrella term for emphysema, interstitial lung disease, and bronchitis

COPD
is an incurable lung condition that restricts airways and can worsen over time. Some of its many symptoms include: coughing, wheezing, phlegm, and shortness of breath. In the early stages, you may feel tightness in your chest and have trouble breathing. It usually affects the older and aging population. You should know that it is not contagious, but it may deteriorate your quality of life over time.

Are You At Risk, Do you Have COPD?
According to the COPD Foundation, if you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you may want to get tested for COPD:

  1. Do you have a history of smoking?
  2. Have you had long-term exposure to air pollutants (including pollution and second-hand smoke)?
  3. Do you have chronic coughing or wheezing?
  4. Do you have shortness of breath that has become worse over time?
  5. Can you keep up with people of your own age?

Many people with COPD have found success with inhalers, such as Serevent Diskus that open up their airways by relaxing their muscles, and prescriptions that help reduce the inflammation of their lungs. There are also many non-medical things you can do to help you feel better and improve your quality of life such as getting regular exercise, eating healthy meals and snacks, using non-toxic cleaning products, etc.

To save on COPD medications such as Proair HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Albuterol Sulfate as well as other prescriptionssimply click on the “Get Your Free Card” link at the top of the page. The card is available to everyone at any time. For more information about how our free Prescription Discount Card works, check out this short FAQ video: wtree.us/video 

WH_GPS_logo_web_LORESYou can also look up your prescription savings with our card using the wtree.us/SavingsTool. Simply provide the drug name and zip code to find the best price at a pharmacy near you. 

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12/03/2015 

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