Curing a Sore Throat
One of the first signs of a cold is a sore throat and is also a side effect of strained vocal cords, but can be something more serious. As soon as a sore throat strikes, you will want immediate relief.
Here are some sore throat remedies that you can try before you run to your doctor.
One of the most effective treatments for a sore throat is one that you can usually find in your medicine cabinet, which is an over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like Advil.
These medicines are a combination of pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, which help you in feeling better and will also help in reducing swelling that is associated with a sore throat.
There have been several studies that have shown that gargling warm salt water several times a day can help in reducing swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, which helps to flush out irritants and bacteria’s.
It is recommended to dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. You can sweeten the mixture with a small amount of honey.
Lozenges and Sprays
You are able to keep your throat moist by sucking on cough drops as these stimulate salvia; however there are many lozenges that have no more effect then a hard candy. You can get an added benefit though by choosing brands that offers a cooling or numbing effect like menthol or eucalyptus.
You can also try throat sprays, but these will generally just dull the pain of a sore throat for a while.
Even if you don’t have a cough just yet, an over the counter cough syrup is able to ease a sore throat. A cough syrup just like a lozenge or spray will coat the throat and will give you temporary pain relief.
If you have things to do in the day then go for a non-drowsy formula, but otherwise if you are struggling to sleep with a sore throat then you can go for a night time formula.
A warm cup of herbal tea can offer immediate relief for a sore throat. Also non-herbal teas offer antioxidants that are said to strengthen immunity and help fight off infection.
You can add honey to your tea as honey has antibacterial properties that may help you get better faster.