Culprits of a sore throat vary from changing weather conditions to the common cold, but the treatments are all the same. You can try cough medicine that will make you drowsy and could have other unpleasant side effects or you can try these alternative treatments to soothe a sore throat. There are other benefits to these all-natural alternative medicines as well.
How to Soothe a Sore Throat with Home Remedies
The following strategies have been used for decades or even centuries to help soothe a sore throat. Consider the following the next time that tickle starts to pester you. They may help you to feel more comfortable, get more rest so you can heal up faster, and simply feel better overall. That said, if your sore throat is persistent, it’s important to consult with your doctor to ensure that it isn’t caused by something that needs more powerful strategies than these home remedies.
Gargling with saltwater has been known to relieve sore throat and it also heals sores in the mouth. If you have postnasal drip, gargling with salt water will prevent further irritation of the throat. It is best to gargle every hour, mix 1 tbs of salt for 8 oz of water, and the salt water is best gargled warm. This will also help to reduce inflammation, which is often a cause of the pain you feel.
Always spit out the water that you’ve gargled. Don’t swallow it. That said, make sure to drink plenty of fresh, non-salted water as well to prevent dehydration, eight 8 oz glasses of water per day is recommended. If cold water isn’t comfortable to drink, have it warm. Hydration is very important to soothing a sore throat.
Another sore throat remedy is honey, particularly buckwheat honey, if certain claims and medical studies are to be believed. Having a tablespoon of honey as needed will relieve the symptoms of both a sore throat and a nasty cough caused by that irritated throat.
Though some people like to swallow it straight-up, others find that it is more beneficial when mixed into a glass of warm water and consumed over a bit of time. This helps to drag out the benefits of the honey over a longer period of time and is hydrating as well, which is important.
Many people swear that honey also helps to support their immune systems. This has yet to be conclusively proven by medical study, but if it’s already soothing your sore throat, it doesn’t hurt to take it.
That said, keep in mind that as helpful as honey can be to soothe a sore throat, it is sugar. It is a natural sugar, but it remains sugar. Therefore, use it as sparingly as you can. Too much sugar can promote inflammation which can worsen pain. Moreover, if your sore throat is caused by acid reflux, for instance, the added sugar can make the situation worse. Be reasonable about the amount you administer and know what is causing the symptoms before you attempt to treat it.
When to See a Doctor to Soothe a Sore Throat
Sometimes a sore throat can be an indication of something more serious. Look for these sign and symptoms:
- difficulty breathing develops
- severe pain develops
- inability to drink enough fluids develops
- a new rash develops
- a fever develops
- signs of dehydration are present
- persistent sore throat or fever develops
- symptoms become more frequent or do not go away
If you believe your symptoms are due to allergies you should treat the sore throat like an allergy. If you believe your sore throat is due to acid reflux disease you should see a doctor because this may be an indicator of esophagus damage.
It is not uncommon to experience a sore throat from time to time. A sore throat could come from just a little change in the weather conditions or from yelling at a football game. Either way if you want a way to treat a sore throat without the use of medication you can refer to some of the suggestions above that not only heal a sore throat but also have other health benefits. Sometimes a sore throat can be an indicator of something more serious, so if you have any of the symptoms above be sure to make an appointment with your doctor.