No one is really immune to sore throat. If you’re a baby, kid, a smoker or someone with allergies, you’re most likely to get a sore throat when it’s triggered by a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Best if you don’t get too comfortable with it. Once it gets worse, it impends upper respiratory tract infection.
Here are four (4) easy steps to get rid of the pain, itchiness,and irritation of the throat:
Kill the bacteria by gargling.
Never underestimate the power of a simple solution. Times of India identified that by gargling with a pinch of salt in a glass of lukewarm water 3-4 times daily can wash away the infection of the sore throat. By far, this is one of the oldest remedies known to cure sore throat. Just make sure that when you gargle, you tip your head back and the fluid hits the inflamed part of your throat (back of the throat). That way, it would be easier to kill the bacteria.
If you think that the warm saline gargle doesn’t do the trick, try adding baking soda. According to the National Cancer Institute, you can combine a cup of warm water with ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. This solution can prevent the growth of yeast and fungi, and eventually killing the bacteria. And if you’re still not convinced, try using an apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water. It’s pretty much acidic, so it can help break down the mucus in the throat and stop the bacteria from spreading.
Drink tea and honey.
Mix honey in your favorite tea and be surprised at how it speeds up the healing process for your sore throat. Health Line has suggested some recommendable teas like chamomile tea, which is naturally soothing and often used for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. You may also drink licorice cinnamon tea which decreases the swelling of the sore throat. Don’t worry, you can get creative and intake these separately because all are effective.
Take a good rest.
By getting up early and not staying up too late, your body will have time to heal and rest. Since you’re sleeping, you won’t be placed in a situation where you are making it open to infection. Just take it easy for the rest of the day! If you have work, just take naps during your break time.
Don’t irritate your throat.
The last step to get rid of a sore throat. All steps would be useless unless you try not to irritate your throat. Stay away from chemical perfumes like cleaning supplies, air fresheners, air sanitizer, including smoke from cigarettes or from the street, as well as allergens (dust, cat danter or hair etc). If you don’t stay away from these, then you’re back to Step 1 when you’re almost close to losing the irritating soreness.
A sore throat is scratchy, itchy, dry and very difficult to bear. Lose the sore throat with these four easy steps and start feeling more comfortable in no time!