Sore Throat - Home Remedies

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What are home remedies for a sore throat?

Generally, sore throats just run their course and resolve on their own (the exception, strep throat, will be addressed further.)

  • Home remedies include salt water gargles, herbal teas, hard candies, sprays (for example, Chloraseptic) and lozenges, which can provide temporary pain relief. Caution: Lozenges and hard candy are a choking hazard for children. Avoid use in young children.
  • A humidifier may be helpful in relieving symptoms, especially in sore throats caused by mouth breathing dry air.
  • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help control the pain.
  • For adults, if the nose is plugged, nasal sprays such as Afrin may be used for two to three days to prevent mouth breathing. It is not recommended to use these products for more than a couple of days; the nasal passages may become dependent on them and worsen the problem.
  • Other decongestant products, such as those containing pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Mucinex D, Claritin D), may be helpful. If the affected person has health problems such as heart disease, glaucoma, or high blood pressure, contact a health care professional before using these products.
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Comment from: eda, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I haven't tried this yet, but everyone says it works so it probably will! Mix half a teaspoon of salt with warm water. I have a sore throat now, and if it's not serious, it will go away with some warm herbal/chamomile tea with honey or a slice of lemon. If it doesn't go away, I think I'll try that saltwater thing.

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