Five tips to ease a sore throat before it takes hold
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5 tips to ease a sore throat before it takes holdSore throats are common, especially in children, who have not built up their immunity. In addition, they are in close contact with other children in daycare or school,1 making it easier for infections to spread from child to child followed by one family member to the next. If you or someone in your family has a sore throat, the following tips may help relieve the symptoms before they take hold.
- Drink fluids – Ensure you drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but also include herbal tea, vegetable juices and warm soups to prevent dehydration and lubricate a sore throat. The traditional remedy of warm water, lemon, honey and ginger may help ease pain and discomfort.
- Rest – You are likely to recover more quickly from a sore throat if you get plenty of bed rest and relax your voice.
- Humidify the air – Cool, dry air and heating can irritate a sore throat, which is especially relevant in the colder or winter months. Use a humidifier, sit for several minutes in a steamy bathroom or place bowls of water around the house to moisten the air.
- Use lozenges – Adults and older children can suck lozenges to provide symptomatic relief from the pain and irritation of a sore throat. This should be avoided in younger children, as they may be a choking hazard.
- Gargle – Try a simple saltwater gargle with one tablespoon of salt to one cup of warm water,2 or use a specialised sore throat gargle.