Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

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A sore throat is common with colds, viruses and tonsil inflammation. Acid reflux disorder and allergies also can cause a sore throat. As long as you don't have an infection which requires antibiotics, such as strep throat, many home remedies are available to ease the pain and help your throat heal.

Gargling

It is recommended to gargle with warm water, salt and apple cider vinegar.

Lemon and Honey

If your throat is sore, add honey to hot lemon tea or hot lemonade, and sip. Honey coats the throat, while lemon acts like a hot pack on the skin.

Coolness

In contrast, coolness can be soothing to a sore throat, and a Popsicle can do the trick.

Steam

Sit for awhile with your face over a bowl of steaming hot water and a towel covering your head. This can ease a sore throat and open nasal passages. Adding a drop or two of eucalyptus oil provides extra relief.

Fluids

Drink as much fluid as possible, at least eight to 10 glasses of water or juice daily. This keeps your throat from becoming dry and more irritated.

Mouth Breathing

A common cause of throat pain is sleeping with your mouth open to breathe when your nasal passages are blocked. Using saline nasal spray can help make breathing easier for sleeping.

Aspirin

Chewable baby aspirin is fast-acting and provides a topical analgesic to a sore throat. You could chew regular aspirin instead, but the taste is off-putting.

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