Have you ever suffered from an irritating, uncomfortable sore throat?
Usually a sore throat could be the result of strained vocal chords or be a symptom of the cold flu virus.
It also could be an indication of something more serious such as bacterial infection (like strep throat).
I’m going to share with you ten ways of how you can get quick, soothing relief from throat soreness. You may be tempted to want to run to your local doctor but some of the best treatments are actually simple, home-prepared remedies or easily available, over-the-counter medication.
Try one of these 10 solutions next time you experience symptoms of sore throat or just feel plain sick:
1) Anti-inflammatory medication
Mainstream, over-the-counter treatments such as Advil or Aleve are still effective and work well in quelling throat irritation.
These non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs are actively formulated to relieve pain and help curb any swelling associated with your sore throat. If you have a fever contributing to the symptoms, they will assist in relieving that as well
2) Gargling with Saltwater
Studies have shown that saltwater gargling with warm water has various benefits, including reducing swelling of throat. loosening the mucus and assisting to flush down irritants & bacteria.
Your saltwater solution should consist you dissolving half a teaspoon of salt inside a cup of warm water. Stir lightly, and then gargle for a few seconds, before spitting the water out.
Doctors recommend you do this several times per day for maximum soothing effect.
3) Spray & Lozenges
Over-the-counter sprays such as Chloraseptic can have a positive effect on soothing throat irritation. It’s active ingredient, phenol, has antibacterial properties and acts as an antiseptic. The cooling effect they give also mirrors that of menthol or eucalyptis lozenges
Sucking on Cough drops (more commonly known as lozenges) produces saliva in the mouth which keeps your throat moist and helps reduce soreness & irritation. Lozenges and spray do not cure sore throat but do provide temporary relief.
4) Cough Syrup
Not just for coughing, but over-the-counter cough syrup is beneficial in treating irritating, uncomfortable throat pain.
Like lozenges, cough syrup provides temporary relief from throat soreness.
This would be a good solution if you need to ease irritation in the evening before you sleep, as some cough mixtures cause drowsiness. Formulae such as NyQuil (which contains a pain reliever and an antihistamine) or Robitussin AC (guaifenesin and codeine) are great and work to relieve the discomfort in your throat.
Actively drinking fluids keeps your body hydrated and helps combat the irritable dryness & numbness relating to throat pain. Doctors recommend you drink enough fluid (water) that your urine is light yellow to clear in colour.
Fluids also keeps your mucus moist, which makes them better able to combat bacteria and irritants like allergens, as well as strengthen the body to fight colds & flu.
Other fluids to drink besides water includes slightly sugared fluids such as watered down fruit juice or something salty like chicken broth.
6) Drink Tea
A warm cup of herbal tea provides soothing relief for the sore throat. Even non-herbal teas such as rooibos or black/white/green teas contain antioxidants which help alleviate throat pain through strengthening immunity that wards off infection
As an added alternative, you can add honey to your tea if you’d like a bit of sweetness. Honey also has antibacterial properties which can help heal you faster.
7) Chicken Soup
Chicken soup broth has anti-inflammatory properties which helps relieve sore throat and fights infection.
This is an age-old recipe that acts as a remedy that still works today. Especially with a very swollen or sore throat – eating can be very painful & uncomfortable. Sipping down on some hot soup will help make eating more pleasant & still have the healing nutrients needed for your ailment.
8) Eating Marshmallows
Anecdotal studies have shown marshmallow contain gelatin coats which soothe and help fight throat pain. Although it may seem very unconventional, the smooth and sweet marshmallow also provides for a more pleasant eating experience, especially for a very swollen & painful throat.
And although there is no hard evidence to prove it, sap from the marshmallow tree has been used for hundreds of years to treat colds, flu and.. you guessed it, sore throats.
It is often the case that the sore throat is caused by bacterial infection such as Streptococcus pyogenes. This occurs generally amongst 10% in adults, and if this is the case with you – you should see a doctor, who could prescribe you to use antibiotics.
Note: You should only take antibiotics if you get tested positive for bacterial infection, and it is prescribed by your doctor. NB – antibiotics will not be effective for a sore throat caused by a virus.
This might not be the fastest solution, but rest is a great combatant to what caused the throat infection in the first place.
Most throat infection is caused by the cold virus, and making sure that you are better rested will help fight off the virus so that you can recover sooner rather than later.
Your Next Steps To Feel Better Faster
I know how irritating sore throat can be.
After having gone through this email, here are your next steps
- Self-diagnose. Do you have a pain or scratchy sensation in your throat? Or do you have painful, swollen glands in your neck or jaw?If it’s the former then one of the above solutions should do the trick to soothe & relieve your throat pain. If the latter, consider seeing a doctor – it could be a bacterial infection
- Use one of the methods above. Obtain the method that best works for you. Each of them are proven to work to soothe or quell soreness in the throat.
- If the symptoms of throat soreness persist, go and see a doctor at your local hospital immediately.Especially if you have difficulty breathing, swallowing or opening your mouth. It could be a bacterial infection that needs antibiotics prescription from a medic.
- Get plenty of rest. Try not to move too much. Rest allows your body to recuperate & fight off any unwanted infection.
Here’s to a healthier you.