Best home remedies for sore throat

The best sore throat remedies

Did you know, that pain in the throat accounts for more than 13 million visits to doctor’s offices each year? After all, who doesn’t know the scratchy, irritated, burning, dry sensation of a sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by infections, or by environmental factors like dry air. Although a sore throat can be uncomfortable, it’ll usually go away on its own.

Sore throats are divided into types, based on the part of the throat they affect: Pharyngitis affects the area right behind the mouth. Tonsillitis is swelling and redness of the tonsils, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. Laryngitis is swelling and redness of the voice box, or larynx.

You can treat most sore throats at home. Get plenty of rest to give your immune system a chance to fight the infection.

To relieve the pain of a sore throat:

Most of all- avoid hot drinks and foods, as hot temperature will irritate already sore throat. Stick to the warm, room temperature food and drinks.  Also make sure to avoid acidic fruit such as oranges or grapefruits, same goes with juice.

Gargle with a mixture of warm water and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt. Alternatively you can use warm chamomile tea, which is great for treating throat infections.

Drink warm liquids that feel soothing to the throat, such as tea with honey, soup broth, or warm water with lemon. Herbal teas are especially soothing to a sore throat.

Suck on a piece of hard candy or a lozenge.

Turn on a cool mist humidifier to add moisture to the air.

Rest your voice until your throat feels better.

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