Friday, March 4, 2016

10 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat - Home Treatment

Sore throat is a common problem, everybody has this at one time or other. The question is what is a sore throat? Well, the common symptoms of sore throat may include difficulty in swallowing, red swollen tonsils, irritating throat and white spots on the throat.

There are a number of simple remedies that you can use at home to soothe the pain and irritation in swollen glands in throat to make you feel better. The suggested treatments work for adults, toddlers and children.

What causes sore throats?
Sore throat home remedies
Sore throat home remedies

Well, sore throats can be a result of dry air, allergies and pollution. Some of the viral infections leading to illnesses like the common cold, flu, measles and chickenpox can all cause sore throats.

Most sore throats are caused by viral infections and not by bacterial infections, so antibiotics will not help.

The strep throat is the most common bacterial cause of sore throat. The bacterial infections for sore throats causes diseases like whooping cough and diphtheria. The strep throat, common in children between 5 to 15 years of age, is caused by infection with streptococcal bacteria, which causes inflammation and swelling of the mucous membranes of the throat and the tonsils. This should be diagnosed and treated in time to prevent any complications. ,

Natural Remedies for Sore Throats

The sore throat may not be serious, but it is still painful in swallowing. It may lead to headache and fever, if not treated. Following are 10 ways to heal sore throat.

1. Salt Water Gargle

Warm salt water gargle is probably the first and most widely used natural home remedy for sore throat. The salt water gargles help kill bacteria in the throat, soothing the irritated sore throat and break down secretions. It keeps the throat clean and can cure swelling and relieve discomfort.

Do deep throat gargles with a solution consisting of a half teaspoon common salt dissolved in a glass of warm water 4-5 times a day. For this you have to tilt your face towards ceiling and  make a sound while swishing it around within  the throat. This will allow the water to  go deeper in the throat. After you finish the gargles, cover the throat with a cloth to trap the heat.

I usually gargle with salt water every day in the morning after teeth brushing to prevent a throat problem.

2. Prevent Dehydration

Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of fluids like water, tea, soups, etc. throughout the day to help thin secretions and soothe your throat. Hot drinks help decrease irritation in throat. This keeps your mucous membranes moist and better able to fight bacteria and irritants.

3. Avoid Dry Room Air

Dry air in a room is uncomfortable. Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.
If you don't have a humidifier, keep pan with warm water in a corner in your bedroom to add moisture in the air through evaporation.

4. Licorice Root

Licorice root has long been used to treat sore throats in India. Just put a small piece of this root in mouth and swallow its juice to soothe the throat and controlling cough. In India, many people prefer to chew its powder put in a beetle leaf (paan).

A gargle solution made of licorice powder mixed in warm water is also effective.
licorice stick and powder
Licorice stick and powder can also be used for soothing sore throat.

5. Ginger Root

Since, ginger is an analgesic, a pain killer, so it may alleviate the pain associated with a sore throat. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties are beneficial in fighting the sore throat causing infection.

Ginger root is a good nature cure for treating sore throats at home.

Just put a small piece of fresh ginger root in mouth and slowly suck its juice to heal swollen and inflamed throat.
Ginger is best for treating sore throat.
Ginger is best for treating sore throat.

6. Drink Honey

Honey is one of the best known anti-inflammatory agents and an effective wound healer, which can help ease soreness fast. It has been in use as a home remedy for sore throats for long time.

Just mix some honey and lemon juice in warm water and sip slowly. It helps to control coughing during night including in children.

7. Combine Ginger and Honey

The above mentioned properties of ginger and honey make them idle for healing the pain and inflammation of a sore throat.

Just mix some ginger juice with honey and sip several times a day to resolve your sore throat problem.

Boil a small piece of ginger root for 5 minutes. When it cools to a warm temperature, add some honey and  sip several times a day to soothe your sore throat.

8. Peppermint

Peppermint has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties which help in healing sore throat. The menthol in peppermint is an effective decongestant and expectorant which helps thin mucus and calm sore throats and coughs.

Drink peppermint tea to soothe and cool a sore throat. Just add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves to a cup of boiling water. Cool and drink this water 4-5 times a day.

Peppermint is not recommended for use in infants or small children. Peppermint oil should not be used if you have gallstones or suffer from gastrointestinal reflux. This should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or small children.

9. The Power of Yoga

I usually do deep breathing guidance exercise when I have sore throat. Just sit or lie down in a quite place.

Close your eyes and concentrate on the inside of your throat. Take deep breath and exhale saying very slowly in your mind r-e-e-e-l-a-a-a-a-x (relax) and guide your concentration at different parts of the throat, one at a time in each breath. Repeat it 4-5 times for left, right, top, bottom of the throat.

It really works all the time for me, not only for throat but also for pain in any part of my body.

10. Non-Prescription Medicine

You can take nonprescription medicine like medicated throat lozenges or a nasal spray to make breathing easier and to relieve a runny nose.

When to consult a Doctor

Call your doctor if during home treatment the symptoms become more severe or do not go away in 2 weeks. Consult your Doctor immediately if a difficulty in breathing and drinking develops or you have fever.
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