How to Get Rid of a Swollen Gland in the Throat


At one point or another, most people are plagued with swollen glands in the throat. This painful ailment is relatively harmless, but can be painful, annoying and downright uncomfortable. Swollen glands is another term for swollen lymph nodes. The cause is usually due to infections or inflammation and, in very rare cases, cancer. Fortunately, the former two are easy to sooth. So if the glands in your throat are red, tender or swollen, consider some of these remedies.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pain killer medicine
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Bag
  • Wash cloth
  • Warm compress
Step 1

Take a pain killer, such as extra strength Tylenol (or a generic version). This will minimize pain and help with the swelling. Take the medicine according to the directions on the box/bottle. Directions usually vary depending on your weight, age and sex.

Extra strength Tylenol
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Step 2

Get some rest. Your body needs time to recover. Take a day of work or school and don't engage in any demanding activities. Rest your body, take a nap and refrain from exerting yourself.

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Step 3

Gargle warm salt water. Pour two tablespoons of table salt into one cup of hot water. Wait until the salt is completely dissolved and the water is not too hot. Gargle the remedy in three to six increments for 30 seconds each. If you have an infection or inflammation, the salt water will help target the germs and weaken/kill them.

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Step 4

Apply a warm or cold pack (depending on your preference) to the outside of your throat. For a cold pack, place ice in a plastic bag and wrap it with a towel. For something warm, apply a warm compress found at your local pharmacy.

Cold compress
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Step 5

Visit your doctor if symptoms do not improve or if you are in severe pain or discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics to target the swollen glands and speed the healing process.

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