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How to get rid of a sore throat?

Sore throat, an inflammation of the throat, is an irritation caused by a viral infection, bacterial infection, or minor injury. Usually, sore throats are due to the common cold and can be treated effectively with fluid intake and rest. However, at times, sore throats are persistent, and may indicate a strep throat or mononucleosis, and signs of bacterial or viral infections. Listed below are some valuable tips on how to get rid of a sore throat.
 

To get rid of a sore throat, take plenty of rest

Since you feel fatigued, you should take a day off and get adequate rest. Youíll recover swiftly if you opt to sleep during the whole day.

Prepare a gargle for reducing the swelling and discomfort

Mix 8 ounces of warm water and 1 teaspoon of common salt in a glass. Hold this salted water in the back of your mouth, and gargle. Position your head slightly upwards, and take care not to swallow the water. You should hold the water in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Gargle at intervals of every one hour.

Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen

These medications are extremely effective in providing you instant relief from a sore throat. However, you should take these medications only with a doctorís prescription and strictly adhere to the dosage mentioned on the medicine.

Warm milk with honey

Don't drink citrus juices

They may irritate your throat further...

Wash and keep your hands clean

Your hands are the chief vectors for bacteria. Hence, keeping your hands clean ensures that you donít transmit bacteria whenever you touch your face or other objects.

Take Vitamin C and other antioxidants

Vitamin C functions as an antioxidant, defending your cells against free radicals from causing any damage. Free radicals are compounds that are derived when food is converted into energy. Some common antioxidant-laden foods include blueberries, green tea, cranberries, kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, prunes, apples, pecans, and artichokes.

Prepare a poultice from chamomile tea

Soak 1 table spoon of dry chamomile flowers in boiling water. Let the tea cool sufficiently before you soak a clean towel with this liquid. Wring out the surplus tea before applying the towel to the neck region. Repeat this process until you obtain significant relief from your sore throat.

Use throat sprays to get rid of a sore throat

Cepacol, an effective throat spray, relieves pain by benumbing the sensation in the lining of your throat. The proper dosage is listed in the label of the product. You should use this throat spray only with a doctorís prescription.

Warm water

Use a warm compress

Throat pain on the inside can be dealt with effectively by using lozenges, throat sprays, and warm tea. You can tackle the throat discomfort on the outside by wrapping a warm compress. You can employ a hot water bottle, a warm damp cloth, or a warm heating pad for wrapping around your neck.
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