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Part 2 Sore Throat Remedies
A sore throat is a common ailment that can be very irritating and uncomfortable, as you already learned in Part 1 of this article series.
Jump over to Part 1 by Clicking here to learn more about the types of sore throat, as well as the main causes (if you have not already).
If Part 1 is how you ended up here, well, it’s time to check out the possible remedies that will allow you to take care of the issue at hand and prevent any further complications from occurring.
Without further ado – Let’s Get To It!
Disclaimer: This is not concreter medical advice! Consult with your medical professional in the case of consistent symptoms.
As er mentioned, all the treatments and remedies that follow to be pointed out should always be combined with a visit to your doctor.
This is always the first thing you should do before you decide to do or take any medicine.
Now, let’s talk about a sore throat caused by a viral infection.
This type of cause can make your sore throat last for up to six or seven days and usually subsides on its own during this time.
An important mention here is that antibiotics do not help cure a sore throat caused by a viral infection.
To ease pain or fever caused by a viral infection, taking acetaminophen or other mild pain relievers (Tylenol and others) is
often the recommended option.
A noteworthy mention here is that when treating children, you should never give them aspirin because it has been linked to Reye’s syndrome – a rare but potentially life-threatening syndrome that causes swelling in the liver and brain.
When it is concluded that the culprit is a bacterial infection, you will probably receive a piece of paper from your doctor with a list of antibiotics and probiotics.
It is essential to the treatment to take the prescribed antibiotics by following the instructions and number of days.
Even if you don’t feel your throat is aching anymore, stopping the antibiotics could lead to the infection coming back, worsening, or spreading throughout other parts of the body. With a bacterial infection, your best bet is to stick to the doctors’ recommendations and let them give you the clearance to get off the prescribed meds!
Home Remedies, Anyone?
The harsh winter just came, you went out to enjoy all the snow with your friends (being the little kid that you were back then) and after hours of pure cold joy, you came back home only to realize you had a sore throat.
Your mom then instantly knew exactly what to give you, and boom, just a day later, you were back out in the snow (this time equipped better, though.)
Sounds familiar? Yeah.
Before western medicine took up by storm there was the home remedy treatment passed out throughout the generations.
When we are specifically talking about a sore throat, there isn’t that much of a division between people who decide to take care of themselves and doctors because the home remedies usually work like a charm.
The first one, and it’s a biggie, is …. Your Guessed It …. REST.
Getting plenty of sleep and resting your voice are practically the two most critical things to do.
After that, we have drinking fluids – lots and lots of them – to get that bug out of your system faster.
The logical follow-up is to consume comforting foods and drinks.
This is generally all the hot drinks like tea, warm water with honey, broth, etc. (Remember the goodness of a warm soup during your childhood years as we mentioned earlier?)
Gargling with salt water may also be a very effective way to help out your throat with the pain.
A saltwater gargle of 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon (1250 to 2500 milligrams) of salt to 120 to 240 ml of water can help soothe a sore throat.
Dentists recommend to help kill germs in you mouth to gargle with warm salt water 30 seconds everyday.
Also, don’t forget to humidify the air!
It’s important to let fresh air in the room from time to time to get rid of the stale such.
And For The Alternative People …
Herbal or alternative products for sore throat are usually put in tea bags or some pills but can be consumed on their own for a better effect.
Teas, soups, or different combinations between slippery elm, licorice root, marshmallow root, Sunrider Calli Tea, Alpha 20C, ginger, dried Sambucus plant, garlic, and others have proven to be effective in situations with a sore throat.
It is essential to understand that not one of these methods is efficient by you itself.
A combination of these methods can prove to be most beneficial to your throat and overall health.
So…. if your throat is aching – UGH…. give yourself some rest, have a warm tea with honey, and let your body do what it does best – Healing You!