10 Methods to Soothe a Sore Throat

A sore throat - is an essential attribute of a plurality of respiratory viral infections. Bacteria affect the larynx and pharynx, causing swelling, unpleasant pain.

When there is no more strength to endure nagging pain in the throat, we start to think about the means to help relieveing a discomfort. The options are many, you're not the first and not the last one who has questions. Here are 10 methods to rely on when you're feeling scratchy, hoarse, or just plain sick.

Anti-inflammatories

One of the most effective treatments of sore throat is an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil or Aleve. It will relieve the pain, reduce swelling and make you feel better.

Gargle with a salt water 

Heat a water, add a couple of teaspoons of salt, mix and gargle. Treatment should be repeated every hour. This will significantly reduce the suffering and swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.

Warm compress

Make a warm compress and wrap it around your neck. Change the bandage in case of cooling.

Lozenges

Sucking stimulates saliva production which help to keep your throat moist. But be sure to take not just hard candies but one that include cooling or numbing ingredient, like menthol or eucalyptus.

Cough syrup 

Even if your sore throat is not acompanied by cough, you still can prevent it and ease a soreness using a cough syrup.

Warm tea with lemon and honey

The usual warm (not hot) tea with lemon and honey effect on health, enhance the immune system and significantly reduce the symptoms of pain.

Chicken soup

It's an age-old method for colds, but it is effective because it helps to soothe a sore throat. Also the sodium in chicken broth may have  anti-inflammatory properties.

Warm shower

A warm shower or bath can temporarily relieve the pain. However, be careful not to go naked from the warm room into the cold and do not take a shower having a high temperature.

Fluids

You should keep an eye on being well-hydrated. This keeps your mucous membranes moist and better able to combat bacteria and irritants like allergens, and makes your body better able to fight back against other cold symptoms.

Marshmallows

Although there's no hard evidence that it works, sap from the marshmallow plant has been used for hundreds of years—usually in tea form—to treat coughs, colds, and sore throats.

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