Think colds are just reserved for the wintertime? Think again. And no matter the weather outside, a scratchy, red, irritated throat is never welcome. Sore throats can cause pain when swallowing, or even talking. An inflamed throat, or pharynx, is sometimes referred to as pharyngitis. Sore throats are often accompanied by other symptoms of an illness, such as a runny nose or cough.
A sore throat can be the first sign of a cold, a side effect of strained vocal cords, or an indication of something more serious.
Even if a sore throat isn’t serious enough for a trip to the doctor, it’s still painful and may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Fortunately, you can use at-home remedies to soothe the pain and irritation.
You can combat theses symptoms with natural remedies that are not going to harm the stomach and will also alleviate the pain.
If the pain persists or if you have a fever it’s best to see a doctor.
Honey mixed in tea or taken on its own is a common household remedy for a sore throat. One study found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants. Other researchshows that honey is an effective wound healer, which means it may help speed healing for sore throats.
Chamomile tea is naturally soothing. It has long been used for medicinal purposes, like soothing a sore throat. It’s often used for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and astringent properties.
Some study reviews have shown that inhaling chamomile steam can help relieve symptoms of a cold, including a sore throat. Drinking chamomile tea can offer the same benefit. It can also stimulate the immune system to help your body fight off the infection that caused your sore throat in the first place.
Hot Compress on the Throat
Our grandmothers used to tell us to put a scarf or handkerchief on the throat to soothe the pain.
Hot cloths also help to lower the inflammation:
Moisten a cloth with hot water, squeeze it out and place over the throat. The heat saturates the blood vessels and helps relax the muscles and alleviate the burning.
Gargle with salt water
This is one of the simplest ways to alleviate the pain of a sore throat. Salt helps to eliminate the bacteria, alleviate the pain and prevent infections in the respiratory tract.
• 1 cup of warm water (8 oz.)
• 1 t. of salt
• Mix both ingredients well and allow the salt to dissolve before gargling.
• Do this 2 or 3 times per day.
Baking soda gargle
While the saltwater gargle is more commonly used, gargling baking soda mixed with salt water can help relieve a sore throat as well. Gargling this solution can kill bacteria and prevent the growth of yeast and fungi.
An age-old home remedy for colds, chicken soup can help soothe a sore throat, as well. The sodium in the broth may actually have anti-inflammatory properties, and it can feel good going down.
Soup has an added benefit when you’re sick: Eating can be painful and difficult with a swollen or very sore throat, so sipping some liquid nourishment will ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need to fight off your infection.