Throat Pain Got You Again? Try These Sore Throat Home Remedies

Throat Pain Got You Again? Try These Sore Throat Home Remedies

Throat pain reasons and remedies

It all begins with a scratchy throat and before you know it, it’s escalated into a bellowing cough and pain in your throat. What do you need to know about a sore throat that can help you catch it early and skip the uncomfortable symptoms? Read on to find out.

What Can Cause Pain in the Throat?

True to its name, a sore throat (also known as pharyngitis) causes pain and irritation in the throat, making it uncomfortable to swallow. The causes for it could be any of the below:Viral infections:The most common cause for a sore throat is a viral infection, and this type of infection resolves faster and on its own, often without medication. Viral illnesses that could give rise to a throat infection include: common cold, influenza (flu), measles, chicken pox, etc.Bacterial infections:They are fairly less common and can be caused by a streptococcal infection. Bacterial throat infections usually require antibiotics for treatment. Other causes:There are other conditions too that can cause a sore throat: allergies from mold, dust, pollen, or animal dander; dryness caused by dry indoor air or breathing through your mouth; irritants such as air pollution, tobacco smoke, and spicy food; muscle strain in your throat caused by hollering (perhaps at a sporting event) or talking loudly for long periods (at a lecture or a public address); and finally, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a digestive system disorder where stomach acids back up in the food pipe.

Common Sore Throat Symptoms

Symptoms of a sore throat can vary depending on the cause. Signs and symptoms might include:

  • Scratchy throat or irritation in the throat
  • Pain that worsens when talking or swallowing
  • Swollen, inflamed tonsils or infection in tonsils
  • Swollen glands in neck or jaw
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Hoarse voice
  • Body aches

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Here are a few throat infection remedies you’ll find in your kitchen:

  • A warm, salt water gargle is among the first things physicians recommend. Adding a little baking soda is also recommended for better results.
  • Calming tea like chamomile and peppermint have anti-inflammatory properties that can thin mucus and help relieve sore throat.
  • Fenugreek (methi seeds) offers plenty of health benefits and is also known to relieve pain by killing bacteria that cause inflammation and irritation.
  • Thanks to its antibacterial properties, garlic can help relieve sore throat as well. Try adding fresh garlic to your food.
  • Honey is great to tame cough and throat irritations. Mix it with hot tea or warm water, or simply take a spoonful as is.

Preventing Throat Infection

Prevention is always better than cure, so here are a few hygiene practices that can help avoid germs that cause throat infections:

  • Wash your hands well, particularly after using the restroom and before eating.  Use good alcohol-based hand sanitizers when you don’t have access to water and soap.
  • Use disposable tissues to cough or sneeze into.
  • Avoid sharing water bottles, drinking water glasses or food utensils.
  • Exercise extra precaution when you are around people who are sick.
  • Keep shared surfaces clean such as keyboards, TV remotes, and telephones.

[av_promobox button='yes' label='Consult a doctor through MediBuddy' link='']When it comes to viral and bacterial infections, it’s almost impossible to identify them ourselves. A doctor’s advice is always the way to go to make sure you are on the right course of treatment.[/av_promobox] Sources: Sore Throat - Mayo Clinic 12 Natural Remedies for Sore Throat - Healthline


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