Having a sore throat is very unpleasant, but is also very common.
If your sore throat is getting the better of you, then why not try the following tips to help shorten the duration of your uncomfortable throat.
Although it may seem unpleasant, gargling warm salty water can work wonders. Salt helps extract mucus within inflamed throat tissues, causing it to feel sore or scratchy. Gargle for several seconds and spit it out. If you find this effective, repeat several times each day to relieve discomfort. Children, however should not try this method.
Sore throats often make swallowing uncomfortable, however staying hydrated is vital. If you allow yourself to dehydrate, you could make your sore throat more unpleasant. When your body is hydrated, it produces enough saliva and mucus to help keep your throat lubricated. If you find yourself becoming dehydrated with a sore throat, this will only make the inflammation worse.
A warming soup is another great way to help ease the soreness and keep the throat lubricated.
Breathing in warm, moist air is great for sore throats, as it helps reduce swelling and soreness. If you are not feeling up to standing in a steamy shower for 10-15 minutes, then try placing boiled water in a bowl while draping a towel over your head to breathe in the moist air. For extra relief, add a tablespoon of vapour rub into the bowl of boiling water.
Feeling run-down? The best cure for many of us experiencing any medical complaint is rest.
To help relieve pain and discomfort from a sore throat, your local pharmacist can prescribe the following over-the-counter treatments:
If you are concerned or unable to find sore throat relief, speak to one of our online doctors today.