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See How Easily You Can Cure Sore Throat

November 15th, 2011 · 5 Comments ·
 
 

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I often suffer from sore throat.  In fact, just had another terrible one last week. Took about 5 days to fully recover.  Here is the post to summarize what I have gone through and what I found from the net.

Many rely on antibiotic whenever they suffer from sore throat. The truth is that sore throat can be caused by either virus or bacteria. It is easy to differentiate between virus and bacteria infection. Virus infection leads to flu whereas bacteria normally leads to tonsillitis, pneumonia and ear infections. Bacterial sore throats respond well to antibiotics whereas viral infections do not. Doctor may prescribe antibiotic even if it is viral infection. Why? Because virus lower patient’s resistance to bacterial infections. So, to avoid secondary attach, antibiotics may become necessary.

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While antibiotic seems to be the savior, fear not, if you are under viral or bacteria attack, let me share with few natural remedies that you can cure and relieve your sore throat.

  • Drink more water. Yes, I know that this tip is nothing new. But, increase your liquid intake is important.
  • Gargle with salt water. Add half teaspoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Gargle few times throughout the day. If you wonder why I suggest you to do so – this remedy washes away the mucus at your throat. Capillaries at that part will be dilated too and therefore increasing the blood supply to that are. With better blood flow, you will have better circulation of infection-fighting antibodies.
  • Eat garlic. Garlic is an anti-septic food.
  • Drink a glass of hot water with lemon juice and honey. I assure you that you will get quick relief and feel better instantly. I find that this traditional remedy help alleviate the irritating throat “tickle”. If you are allergic to lemon, you may use only honey.

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If your sore throat persists after one week, please see your doctor. Also, if you have difficulty in breathing or swallowing your food, fever or blood in saliva, consult your doctor too. If an antibiotic is prescribed, make sure you finish it as full course. Otherwise, the infection will probably be suppressed and not being eliminated. It may make a comeback few days later.

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Hopefully, next time when you have sore throat, you know what to do.

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5 responses so far ↓
  • Angie Tan // Nov 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    I’ve used to gargle a capful of apple cider vinegar and it helped with sore throat too.

    Mixing a bit of apple cider vinegar + honey in hot water also helps.

  • TMY // Nov 15, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    As a person who has been living with sorethroat all my life, I have came up with several home remedies that works sometimes (but not all the time)..

    For mild itchy throat, try to take a lot of fruits and vitamin C to boost your immunity as your first defence against cold which will cause nasal drip that irritates your throat. Try sucking a lozenge ie Strepsil overnight, sounds weird but it works like magic :) Also in Malaysia we have this thing called Kembang Semangkuk which is good to relieve heatiness. Coconut juice is good also.

    If your throat start to ache more than usual, take loads of warm water and fruit juices especially oranges unless your throat is too painful to take citrusy juices.

    If your sorethroat comes along with a fever, best bet is to see a doctor and get some antibiotic. Good luck with the throat.

  • Tami // Nov 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Just to add to TMY about sucking a lozenge overnight. The worst bit about the sore throat is that you can’t sleep properly, getting enough sleep is what will help you recover. If I have a sore throat (many years of experience talking here) I put a lozenge under my tongue and go to sleep, the lozenge soothes my throat all night and I put it under my tongue to stop me choking on it, as it is a choking hazzard to fall asleep with something in your mouth!
    If I have no lozenge available i keep a banana next to my bed as it will soothe my throat long enough for me to get back to sleep and i’m getting the goodness from the banana.

    I know someone who would cut an onion in 1/2 and put it in water in the fridge over night and the next morning drink the juices? she said it works every time. Perhaps it’s like the garlic?

  • Koolio // Nov 16, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    The very moment I feel my throat is starting to get sore, I gargle with antiseptic mouthwash immediately!

  • Rachel // Dec 4, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Great tips. I think the best one is the salt water gargle at night and the tea with lemon and a little honey goes a long way with me.

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