Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat

So you have a sore throat and you're looking for relief. Try these ideas and hopefully they'll provide some relief to your poor sore throat until it heals:

  • Periodically gargle with a saline solution made up of 1/2 tsp of salt added to a cup of warm water.
  • Consider using an analgesic throat spray, such as Chloraseptic for temporary relief.
  • Suck on zinc lozenges, hard candy, or other throat drops. I find Chloraseptic sore throat lozenges help me most.
  • Take a pain reliever such as acetaminophen (aka paracetamol) every four to six hours (according to the bottle's directions). (Might be found under the brand names of Panadol, Tylenol, Anacin-3, Tempra, and Datril, depending on where you live.)
  • Take plenty of fluids, such as cold water and tea (especially with honey or lemon).
  • Eat soups, ice cream, milkshakes, and other soft foods.
  • Antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, penicillin, and erythromycin, might help in cases where the cause is bacterial (not viral) such as with strep throat. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and prescription.

Also see:
Natural Sore Throat Remedies

Most mild sore throats that accompany a cold or allergy go away on their own in 7 to 10 days. Seek professional medical guidance if concerned.

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