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Home Remedies to Help Treat a Sore Throat

Suffering with a sore throat? We understand how uncomfortable the symptoms can be, so we’ve put together a guide to help you treat sore throat symptoms at home and get some relief using natural remedies or over-the-counter medicines.

What causes sore throats?

Sore throats are extremely common, but usually nothing to worry about. They are normally caused by viruses like colds or the flu, and your body’s immune system will usually take around five to seven days to clear it up.i, ii Usually, antibiotics aren’t prescribed to treat sore throats because they are ineffective against viruses – and your body will need to let the cold or flu run its course. Your doctor will only prescribe antibiotics if your sore throat is the result of infection.iii, iv

Whatever the cause, you needn’t suffer with a sore throat. There are many ways to relieve the painful and bothersome symptoms to help you feel better in the meantime.

How to get sore throat relief at home

1. Gargle with salt water

Did you know that gargling with salt water can help provide relief from sore throat pain? The combination of salt and water helps to soothe swelling and irritation in a dry and sore throat.v

We recommend combining 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of table salt with a glass of warm water. Then, leave the solution to dissolve before gargling it for a few seconds in your mouth and spitting it out when finished. You can repeat this method throughout the day and night as often as needed.i,iv

2. Add lemon and honey to warm water

The age-old method of drinking warm water mixed with lemon and honey is a surefire way to soothe a sore throat.

Lemon contains vitamin C, which helps to boost the body’s immune system and break up any mucus in your throat. Honey, on the other hand, has antibacterial properties and can help to suppress coughs by calming the throat’s nerve endings, which has a soothing effect. Try adding a wedge of squeezed lemon and a tablespoon of honey to your next cup of warm water to reap the benefits.v, vi

Women Dipping Lemon In Tea

3. Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated and keeping your fluids up is one of the best ways to help soothe a sore throat – but if you’re wondering what’s best to drink, you have plenty of options.i, iv, v A glass of water, juice, tea, or even a bowl of soup will all help you to stay hydrated while you recover. Warm liquids may also help to reduce your symptoms by soothing the back of the throat.v

It’s also a good idea to avoid drinking alcohol if you have a sore throat, as it can dehydrate you and make your symptoms worse.iv

4. Try some medicated lozenges

Did you know that over-the-counter sore throat lozenges can increase your saliva production? Sucking on these will help to keep your throat lubricated and relieve symptoms such as dryness or irritation – but be sure to keep lozenges away from children under four years old, as they may pose a choking risk.iv, vii

5. Use a humidifier

Breathing in dry air can further irritate a sore throat, so to relieve these symptoms, it may be worth investing in a humidifier to add moisture to the air in your home. Alternatively, you could try taking a warm, relaxing bath or shower and breathe in the steam in your bathroom.iv, vi

6. Drink herbal teas

Drinking herbal tea can help soothe a sore throat and, because it’s a fluid, reduce your risk of dehydration. There are many herbal teas which are known to have a variety of health benefits and may be useful for easing the symptoms of a cough and sore throat.

Green tea, chamomile tea and peppermint tea can all help to reduce inflammation and swelling. Chamomile tea in particular has been shown to be a natural lubricant, so if you are experience a hoarse or croaky voice, this may be a good option. Peppermint tea also has numbing properties to help alleviate your pain.vi

7. Stop smoking

And if you are not a smoker, avoid smoke whenever possible. Not only is cigarette smoke bad for your general health, but it can also irritate your throat.v, vi

8. Try Theraflu Flu & Sore Throat Hot Liquid Powder

While there are many natural remedies you can try at home, you may also want to consider Theraflu Flu & Sore Throat Hot Liquid Powder to relieve cold and flu symptoms, including a sore throat. Its apple cinnamon flavor tastes great and it temporarily relieves your worst symptoms of cold and flu.

If the symptoms of your sore throat or nasal congestion do not disappear after seven days, or get worse, stop use and consult a professional healthcare provider for advice. If your sore throat is severe, persists for more than two days, is accompanied or followed by a fever, headache, rash, nausea or vomiting, consult a doctor right away.

Find out more about the causes of sore throats and how to prevent getting colds and the flu.

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