by Babs O’Reilly
(Miami, Florida, US)
A sore throat may have many causes and it is important to find the right sore throat remedy for the particular condition that you have.
Common Causes Of A Sore Throat
– Laryngitis: inflammation of the larynx. This usually results in losing your voice.
– Tonsillitis: inflammation of the tonsils. Common in children.
– Mononucleosis or glandular fever: accompanied by swelling of the glands in the throat.
– Strep throat: a streptococcal bacterial infection of the throat or tonsils, often accompanied by fever.
– Symptom of a viral infection: a sore throat is often the first symptom of a cold or flu.
– Candida albicans or oral thrush.
Some of these conditions can become serious if not successfully treated.
If your sore throat remedy does not work and the irritation or inflammation persists for more than 24 hours, or if you have swelling or a fever, it is important to see a doctor. You may need antibiotics or other medication.
Throat pain or discomfort can also be caused by some medications or medical treatments, including chemotherapy. Your doctor will advise on the best way to treat this side effect without compromising your other treatments.
In rare cases a sore throat could be an early indicator of throat cancer or HIV infection. This is another reason for visiting the doctor’s office if the soreness persists.
Soothing A Sore Throat
The classic and traditional home remedy for a sore throat is a drink of honey and lemon. Make it extra effective by adding ginger and/or turmeric which have anti inflammatory properties.
You can also substitute apple cider vinegar instead of the lemon. Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of honey in 8 oz warm water, and sip slowly.
Where the throat is irritated or infected, gargling with warm salt water or an antiseptic solution can be helpful.
Aspirin or ibuprofen can reduce pain but if you prefer natural remedies you will often find salt water just as effective as an analgesic or painkiller and it can also kill bacteria which plain analgesics will not do.
Try not to swallow too much of the salt water to avoid raising your sodium levels too high.
Ice cold foods can help to dull the pain too. That is why children are often given ice cream after having their tonsils removed. Be careful not to eat too much sugar! Iced water will have the same effect.
Gargling with one eighth teaspoon of cayenne pepper in water or orange juice may be effective. It is important not to swallow the cayenne and hold your breath while you gargle to avoid inhaling it. Repeat every 15 minutes until the sore throat goes.
This sore throat remedy is recommended by many people but can be unpleasant. You may prefer to keep the sore throat!