A sore throat is refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. Sore throats are among one of the most common health conditions, especially in the winter. It is usually caused by viral infection, and often develops with a cold or the flu.
Throat pain is the primary symptom of a sore throat. It may also be a symptom of mononucleosis, mumps, or tonsillitis. In addition to a painful throat, patient may also have difficulty swallowing, a mild cough, fever, hoarse voice, headache, and enlarged glands in front of neck. Normally, the soreness gets worse over a period of 2-3 days, and then begins to clear up.
Symptoms of Sore Throat
- Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat.
- Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw.
- Swollen, red tonsils.
- White patches or pus on your tonsils.
- A hoarse or muffled voice.
Home Remedies for Sore Throat
Here are 09 Home remedies to get rid of sore throat naturally.
Turmeric and Salt: Gargle with hot water mixed with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of salt.
Honey and Cinnamon: Take 1 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon, a pinch of pepper, and two teaspoons of honey in a glass of boiled water.
Milk and Turmeric: Drink 1 cup of hot milk boiled with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric.
Basil: Drink water boiled with basil leaves, and also use to gargle to relieve sore throat.
Slippery elm: Add one teaspoon of the inner bark of slippery elm to two cups of boiling water. Let it steep for a few minutes, and then strain the solution. Drink it slowly while it is still warm.
Onion and Honey: Consume equal mixture of onion juice and honey can relieve a sore throat and cough.
Popsicles or lozenges: Suck on popsicles or lozenges containing licorice, slippery elm, or marshmallow.
Licorice: Boil licorice root in water and gargle with it, or chew a piece of licorice root, or drink licorice tea
Do’s for Sore Throat
- Drink at least 8 glasses of fluids a day. Warm drinks with honey and lemon are particularly soothing.
- For acute sore throat eat foods that are light and mild in flavor such as olives, figs, turnips and peppermint.
- For chronic sore throat eat pears and water chestnut.
- Gargle with a salt solution. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a glass of water, gargle for 20-30 seconds and spit it out.
Don’ts for Sore Throat
- Avoid talking too much or straining your voice.
- Don’t use mouthwash containing alcohol.
- Avoid undiluted citrus juices as they are acidic and may irritate throat.
- Don’t smoking; also avoid smoky or polluted environments.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Don’t intake fermented foods and dairy products such as cheese, yogurt.
When to See a Doctor
Make an appointment to see a doctor if:
- Trouble breathing
- Drooling or difficulty swallowing
- Sore throat becomes more severe or has not got better after 5 days
- Develops other symptoms such as Fever, rash or joint pain and blood in phlegm or saliva
The information provided in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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