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Sore Throat (cont.)

Sore Throat Home Remedies

Treatment of pain is often the number one priority if you have a sore throat. Some of these home remedies and self-care steps may help alleviate the pain from a sore throat.

  • Throat lozenges often prove inadequate for all but the most minor cases.
  • Gargling with salt water is sometimes helpful. (The person may try mixing table salt with warm water and gargling.)
  • Although they may be rough on the stomach, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) are often more effective pain relievers than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Drinking plenty of fluids is very important.
    • A fever can increase fluid requirements, and painful swallowing can decrease fluid intake.
    • When it is hard for a person to drink, it is important to decrease the body's requirements for fluid through rest and lowering any fever.
    • Pain treatment can help increase fluid intake.
    • Choose high-quality fluids such as soup broth (replaces both salt and water losses) and sugar-containing solutions (they help the body absorb the fluids more rapidly).
    • Avoid caffeine because it can cause water loss.
  • Getting extra sleep can promote more rapid recovery, especially if a virus is the cause. Malaise (a general feeling of illness) is the body's cry for rest.

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