What are the Different Kinds of Sore Throat Remedies?

Most people become inflicted with a sore throat from time to time. Medically, a sore throat is known as pharyngitis. Sore throats can be very painful. The throat may feel inflamed or swollen and very dry, so much so that it may become difficult to talk and swallow. Due to the discomfort this condition can bring, sore throat remedies are usually attempted at the first warning signs that the throat is about to get sore.

Usually, a sore throat is caused by a viral infection such as influenza or a cold. Other viral infections such as the mumps, mononucleosis and laryngitis can cause the condition as well. Pollen, pet dander, mold and other allergens can also cause the throat to get sore. In some cases, a bacterial infection may be to blame. Some common types of bacterial infections that may lead to a sore throat include tonsillitis and strep throat.

The symptoms of a sore throat can make a person miserable. For many, the throat may hurt and the pain may radiate into other portions of the neck. There may also be a scratchy sensation in the throat. These types of symptoms can make everyday activities like talking and eating almost unbearable. Although most cases of a sore throat only last a short time, sore throat remedies are generally sought early on to alleviate the bothersome symptoms.


Gargling with warm salt water is one of the oldest sore throat remedies. It is also one of the most well-known home treatments. This remedy involves dissolving one-half to one teaspoon of salt into at least eight ounces (250 ml) of warm water. The sore throat relief is provided by gargling with the solution for several seconds. Although this sore throat remedy involves gargling and not drinking, individuals on a low sodium diet should consult with a doctor before using this remedy multiple times.

Throat lozenges and sprays are also used as sore throat remedies. Most sprays and lozenges will contain some type of anesthetic. The anesthetic will be used to numb sore throat pain and irritation. Some people may also benefit from sucking on hard pieces of candy. This may be useful by producing an excess of saliva, which can moisturize a very dry and sore throat.

Sore throat remedies may also include drinking a mixture of warm and cold liquids. In most cases, hot liquids are preferred to cold ones, although this will vary according to the individual. Frequently, hot tea with honey is used to soothe a sore throat. The same type of relief may be granted by drinking hot broths or soups. Some people may alleviate the scratchiness of a sore throat by sucking on a frozen treat.

Generally, most sore throat remedies can be successfully carried out at home. Under certain circumstances though, a health care professional should be sought for an accurate sore throat cure. A person should be seen by a physician if he or she is running a fever, vomiting, has swollen tonsils or lymph nodes or develops a rash. If the sore throat symptoms are being caused by a bacteria, a more precise form of treatment will be needed. Typically, this will mean a prescription for antibiotics.



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