A sore throat is normally a sign that you are catching a cold or the flu. Most are caused by bacteria infections. It’s recommended to get a flu shot every year. You can check your local grocery stores to see if they offer any flu shots. Here are some home remedies that might help for quick relief.
- Get a glass of warm water and put some salt into the cup. Gargle the warm salt water for a couple of seconds, but do not swallow the water. This will help with the inflammations and should alleviate some of the pain. Repeat this process about 3 times a day.
- Drinking some HOT tea will help soothe the pain. Here are some teas that might help: Ginger Tea, Honey Lemon Tea, Echinacea Tea, Chamomile Tea, and Cinnamon Tea. You can also add honey inside any of the Teas. It’s very effective in soothing the irritation.
- If you have a humidifier at home, I would recommend turning it on since it adds moisture to the air. Moist air helps with the irritation. I would recommend turning it on at night if you are having trouble sleeping.
- Drinking lots of fluid like water will help hydrate your body and keep your throat with enough moisture.
- Listerine should kill some of the bacteria of the infection. Gargle a couple times a day.
- Garlic and Ginger are another useful remedy for sore throats. They are strong and help get rid of some of the bacteria. You can consume them in forms of pills. You can also add it inside of your food as well.
- Mix one teaspoon of “organic” apple cider vinegar, a small pinch of the cayenne pepper, ¼ cup of lemon juice with three tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water. Drinks this 3 times a day. This will help clear some of the mucus from your throat.
- You throat might hurt when you swallow hard food, eating hot soup might help soothe your throat. For example, chicken noodle soup, beef soup, and vegetable soup. One of my personal favorite is “Pho,” which is a Vietnamese rice noodle soup.
It’s recommended NOT to eat too much spicy foods, this might irritate your throat even more. You should also avoid smoking or drinking alcohol, until your throat has completely healed. I would recommend throwing out your old toothbrush after your throat gets better just in case.
Getting lots of rest will help to a speedy recovery. If your condition is not getting any better after 5 days, I would recommend seeking medical attention from your doctor.