A sore throat is quite common—even for allergy sufferers. But, just because it is common does not mean it is pleasant. Whether it lasts for 24 hours or several days, you will want to find relief as soon as possible for your sore throat. Luckily, there are some things you can do at home to relieve your sore throat. If it persists, see an ENT right away.
Tips for Helping Sore Throats at Home
Some at-home remedies to help relieve and stop sore throats can include:
1. Gargling with Salt Water – Mix warm water and salt water together then gargle it. Salt naturally pulls out the mucous that is inside the swollen and inflamed tissues of your throat and can help relieve discomfort. You will want to mix one teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of warm water. Do not swallow; gargle and spit it out.
2. Use a Throat Lozenge – There are some brands of OTC throat lozenges that have menthol. This ingredient safely and naturally numbs the tissue in your throat and may provide you with temporary relief from sore throat pain.
3. Use Over-the-Counter Medication – Over-the-counter pain relief medications or those designed for colds and flu may help alleviate your sore throat symptoms. You will want to follow the dosing instructions for these medications. Never give cold or flu medication to a child under the age of six.
4. Use Honey – Drink warm tea with a drop of honey to help soothe your sore throat. Tea can also help keep your body hydrated, which is also important when treating your sore throat. Honey is also a natural cough suppressant, so if your sore throat is from excess coughing, you may be able to relieve two things at once.
5. Keep Hydrated – If you are dehydrated while sick, this can lead to an uncomfortable, dry, sore throat. Keep hydrated so that you can produce saliva and mucus naturally to lubricate your throat.
6. Turn on a Humidifier – If the air is dry in your home, try using a humidifier to add natural moisture. Moist air can help soothe the swollen tissues of your throat as well.
Know When to See an ENT
If you have persistent sore throats, even without a cold or flue, then you should see an ENT specialist for a diagnosis. Sometimes underlying conditions can cause frequent, recurring sore throats. An ENT can assess the cause and hopefully, find permanent relief. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Light today for your sore throat.