A sore throat may range from an annoying scratch to a painful condition that makes it uncomfortable or difficult to swallow. There are several things you can do at home to make a sore throat feel better
- Remember to drink plenty of fluids, as this will help to prevent dehydration and moisten a sore
throat. Both warm and cold foods and drink may help to reduce pain and discomfort. Try drinking
warm water with honey, herbal tea or nourishing warm soup. If you prefer, a frozen ice pop will also
help to soothe a sore throat by numbing the affected area.1
- Saltwater is a mild natural antiseptic and may temporarily relieve a sore throat. Mix table salt in some warm water and gargle several times a day. Do not swallow this solution, always spit it out.1
- Cold, dry air may aggravate the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. Using a humidifier or sitting in the bathroom while you run a hot shower for a few minutes will help moisten and soothe a sore throat. 1
While it may be tempting to carry on with our usual daily tasks when ill, try and get as much rest as possible. Get plenty of sleep and rest your voice, as this will help give your body the extra energy it needs to fight a sore throat infection.
Lozenges are a popular and easy treatment option for sore throats. A lozenge is a medicated tablet that dissolves slowly in the mouth, so that the medication is applied throughout the mouth and throat. A lozenge may provide temporary relief from the pain of a sore throat.
Gargles can help to reduce the symptoms of a sore throat and can range from a simple homemade saltwater solution, as mentioned above, to a powerful antiseptic product such as Betadine. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle
acts directly on the affected area and kills a broad spectrum of bacteria3
, helping to get rid of a sore throat infection
quickly and effectively.