|We’ve all had it and it is annoying. Once in while we suffer from this condition during a cold or infection. If you’re still wondering what I’m talking about, it’s sore throat. It can affect people of all ages and ethnicity. And there is no single cause for sore throat. It is often associated with common cold and nasal congestion. The most common causes of sore throat are viral infections like cold and flu, bacterial infections like whooping cough, seasonal and environmental allergies and it is in rare cases, a sign of HIV. The condition varies among individuals but common symptoms include pain, itchiness, difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness and sometimes a swollen throat. It is always advisable to seek doctor’s help but effective home remedies for sore throat can provide you with much needed immediate relief. Let us look at some of the ways by which you can relieve yourself from a sore throat.
1. Salt Water Gargle for Sore Throat
Heat a cup of water just till it’s lukewarm. Add a tablespoon of salt and let it dissolve. Pour some of this water in your mouth and gargle, trying to hit the affected area with the water. Do this 2 to 3 times a day. You will find some relief soon after gargling. [HOME REMEDIES FOR SINUS TREATMENT]
2. Ginger and Honey for Throat Pain
Slice a piece of ginger and crush it till it’s pulpy. Add a teaspoon of honey to it and mix well. Eat this mixture to soothe your irritated throat. Take this 2 or 3 times a day. The anti-bacterial properties of ginger and honey helps provide comfort to your throat.
3. Pepper and Turmeric
To half a teaspoon of black pepper powder, add half a teaspoon of turmeric. You can add a few drops of milk or a teaspoon of honey to mix these powders. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that helps relieving the inflammation.
4. Cinnamon Tea
Cinnamon has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Add a stick of cinnamon to green tea when it’s steaming hot and stir it around letting the flavors drain into the tea. You can also add honey to the tea for more relief and taste.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for boosting the immunity. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C to help your immune system fight infections. Some fruits high in vitamin C include guava, orange, lemon, mango, etc. If you have a hard time swallowing food, consume loads of juice of these fruits.
6. Drink Plenty of Fluids and Take Rest
As sore throat is often accompanied by cold, you might have a runny nose and become extremely dehydrated. Drink a lot of water and take loads of rest to replenish yourself. Don’t strain your throat by shouting or talking for long. If throat is swollen and you may have pain when you speak.
Try the above remedies for immediate relief and your symptoms will completely vanish in about 5 to 7 days. If you experience sore throat for more than a week, do not hesitate to seek advice from a medical professional.
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