(Sore throat symptoms are never pleasant. Swallowing can be difficult when it causes you to feel pain. You might feel itchiness and burning sensations, and there could be other symptoms of ill health to coincide with your throat pain. You might experience headaches and feelings of fatigue, for example, if you are stricken down with a virus.
Of course, a virus is not the only reason behind a sore throat. In some cases, your home could be making you ill, especially if the air quality is poor and there are mold spores in the atmosphere. Follow our advice in the linked article and research other solutions online if your home is the reason behind your sore throat.
There might also be times when you need to see a doctor, as there are conditions, such as tonsil inflammation, that will require more than one of the remedies we will recommend in a moment. In such cases, you will need to see an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist, and you can check out the following link to learn the things they do.
Still, if you do have the flu or any other kind of virus, or if you have a sore throat due to any other situation that might not require the services of a doctor, try the following to ease the pain you feel.
#1: Gargle with salt water
Warm salt water can ease the scratchiness you might experience in your throat, as it pulls the mucus out of the infected area and reduces swelling. Simply mix half a teaspoon of salt with 5oz of warm water and gargle with it after the salt has dissolved.
#2: Try an ice-cold drink
The first few swallows of an ice-cold drink might be unpleasant at first, but just as ice can ease the swelling of a sprained arm or ankle, it can also ease the swelling in your throat.
#3: Sip on a herbal tea
A warm cup of herbal tea, perhaps mixed with a spot of honey, can work wonders for a sore throat. Some herbal teas are better than others, of course, so consider Chamomile tea, Turmeric tea, and any of these teas that can soothe a sore throat.
#4: Take a steamy shower
Steam can humidify your airways and add moisture back into your airways to relieve the dryness you might experience. So, take a steamy shower, at a temperature you can comfortably stand, and enjoy the shower’s relaxing and rejuvenating qualities while benefiting your throat in the process.
#5: Give your voice a rest
We have suggested a few natural solutions, and there are more remedies you can try here. You can also buy medication over the counter. However, if your throat is sore because you have strained your vocal cords (perhaps when cheering your kids on at their football game), you will need to give your voice a rest. It’s still okay to talk quietly occasionally, but don’t whisper, as this will aggravate your throat more than normal speaking.
A sore throat is a real pain, both literally and metaphorically, but it can be alleviated. Still, do go and see a doctor if it doesn’t seem to go away, and if you are feeling any other symptoms of ill health that might require medical intervention.
Take care, and thanks for reading!