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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
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