A sore throat can bring an array of horrid symptoms, including itching and burning. Worse, you might also have developed a cold or something more serious. Still, you will likely find that by utilizing the following techniques, you can relieve the anguish. In many cases, you won't need to immediately turn to your doctor, although that move shouldn't be entirely ruled out.
Gargle with salt water
According to several studies, gargling with warm salt water several times a day can reduce throat swelling. The salt can remove mucus from your inflamed tissue and aid in relieving the discomfort. Stir a quarter to a half of a teaspoon of table salt in four to eight ounces of warm water. Once the salt has dissolved, spend several seconds gargling with it before spitting it out.
Drink lemon water
Unlike warm salt water, lemon water is something that you are actually advised to swallow in an effort to lower your throat's soreness. Drinking this water will not only hydrate your dry throat, but also give you enzymes that boost immunity and stimulate natural detoxification pathways in your body. If a Candida fungal infection has caused your sore throat, lemon can be highly effective.
Drink honey-sweetened green tea
This is good for keeping you hydrated, vital for treating that sore throat. Make your choice green tea, and you can enjoy a better intake of antioxidants and reduced inflammation, among other benefits. If a cough accompanies your bad throat, it would also be wise to add some honey to the drink, this having been shown by research to be effective in suppressing coughs.
We've previously touched on the significance of staying hydrated. Should you fail to stave off dehydration, your body will not preserve your throat's natural lubrication through the production of sufficient mucus and saliva. Therefore, the inflammation and swelling will worsen. We've mentioned lemon water and green tea, but water and warm soups are also good to drink.
Take a vitamin C supplement
If you've been considering picking up a fruit juice drink advertised as containing vitamin C, stop right there. That vitamin will be good for you, but the drink's sugar content won't so much be. It'd be better for you to boost your vitamin C intake by taking a supplement. That supplement should have both vitamin C, which will improve your immune health, and bioflavonoids for even better immunity.
Suck on a lozenge
Your throat tissue can be gently numbed by menthol, an ingredient in certain over-the-counter (OTC) throat lozenges. Thus, the burning and pain can be temporarily relieved. Candy and cough drops can also bring this about by boosting saliva production and so helping to keep up lubrication. Nonetheless, you won't find candy and cough drops as effective as medicated lozenges. Furthermore, you should avoid giving children cough drops or lozenges, due to the risk of choking.
Breathe in steam
Moist air can assist in the treatment of swollen tissue. Try taking a warm shower and breathing in the steam that it generates. Alternatively, prepare a sink containing very hot water; then, over that sink, lean your head with a towel draped over it. Repeatedly breathe deeply as you take in the steam and wait for your sore throat to be eased.
Take cough syrup
What if you aren’t coughing? It doesn't matter; your throat's soreness could still get relief with the help of an over-the-counter cough syrup. This syrup will temporarily diminish the pain by coating the throat. Select a non-drowsy formula if you are about to head to work; however, a nighttime formula can be useful if your sore throat has been adversely affecting your ability to sleep.
Simple though it seems, resting can indeed be very helpful. If your sore throat has, as is likely, been caused by a virus, you will need to wait for that virus to go of its own accord. Antibiotics can't treat a virus, as they only kill bacteria. Give yourself plenty of rest and your body will be more capable of battling the virus and therefore banishing the sore throat sooner.
Keep your head raised
Staying on the subject of sleep and rest, you can treat congestion by, when the time comes for you to lay down, putting an additional pillow or two beneath where your head will be. This will assist you in breathing more easily. Furthermore, the relief for your congestion will remove your need to sleep open-mouthed, which could further hurt your throat by drying it out.
We hope that these tips will make a difference for the better. However, if the pain still hasn't faded after self-treatment, we would urge you to book an appointment with your doctor. You should also do this if swallowing is severely painful, you have a high fever, or you are experiencing vomiting or nausea.