You wake up one morning and your throat is sore, really sore. It was a bit scratchy yesterday but now it is full blown irritated. It hurts to swallow, talk, and hell it even hurts to breathe deeply. Now it’s not time to panic yet and hightail it to the doctors office but something has to be done about the pain. So what can you do to soothe a sore throat and make your day a bit less miserable? Let’s take a look at some of your main weapons to get rid of a sore throat.
Your sore throat could be caused by a number of things such as bacteria or viruses. Often times it can be related to allergies and post nasal drip. I once had a sore throat for over a week with no other symptoms and as it turns out it was caused by post nasal drip. I would recommend using a sinus wash that usually consists of a saline and/or baking soda mixture. This will helps with the possible allergy cause and help reduce irritation in the sinuses and throat. Research has also shown that it can help you get over a bacterial infection faster.
Sea Salts are great for a sore throat when used as a gargle. In fact you could also use the sinus wash mixture as a gargle and get the same effect.
Cayenne Pepper is also useful to include in a possible mixture. Put a spoonful of cayenne in a glass of water and continue to gargle it until you’ve gone through the entire glass. I have used this before as a sore throat home remedy and much to my surprise it worked. Now by itself it won’t totally rid you of your throat pain but it is good for temporary relief.
Drink plenty of liquids. This is a universal sickness rule but there is nothing better than glass after glass of ice water or hot tea mixed with honey when your throat is swollen.
Alkalol can be used as a nasal wash and as a mucus solvent but it is also great to use as a home remedy for our sore throat problem. It’s not available everywhere so more than likely you will have to order it online for around ten dollars. It is a solution that contains ingredients such as spearmint, menthol, eucalyptol, and cinnamon. Used as a gargle it can really provide a nice cooling relief but it tastes like salty mints.
Over the counter medications– All of these things help treat your symptoms just like these over the counter medicines but I still like to use lozenges to simply numb the pain for long periods of time. Everything else on this list will help with the irritation but it easy always easier to pop a lozenge into your mouth while out of the house than gargling sea salts or whatever while you’re trying to work.
These are just a few of the home remedies (and meds) you can use to get rid of a sore throat. It is of course going to take time for your body to heal and get itself back to normal. If your symptoms continue for several or get dramatically worse by all means go visit your doctor so they can figure out what is causing your pain. But like I said not every illness requires medical attention and all of these will help relieve your sore throat while your body fights off the infection.