Sore throats can be a pain and are often the first signs of a cold. Here's a few of our best tips to help you get rid of it quickly including marshmallows and chicken soup. There's nothing worse than a sore throat, well, except a hacking cough.
Most sore throats, also known as pharyngitis, are caused by minor illnesses like a cold or flu and will go away with time, but there are few things you can try to speed up the process or ease the pain.
Whatever the cause is, the first concern of most people is to ease the pain. It's tempting to run to a doctor, but give some of these home remedies a go first.
A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. You may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids, and the pain may get worse when you try to swallow. It can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection.
How to get rid of or ease a sore throat
1. Take anti-inflammatories. Paracetamol is better for children, but adults can take ibuprofen to get any swelling down. Children under 16 shouldn't take aspirin.
2. Lozenges and sprays. These can work, as lozenges encourage saliva production, helping keep the throat moist. Choose ones with a cooling ingredient for extra relief. Hard sweets, ice cubes or ice lollies also work.
Other ways to ease a sore throat
1. Gargle in saltwater. Gargling in salt water several times a day helps reduce swelling in the throat and losens any mucus helping to flush out your bacteria. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. If the salt is too much add a small touch of honey. Spit the water out after gargling and do not swallow it.
2. Drink more fluids. Drink plenty of cool or warm fluids, as you need to keep hydrated. Avoid very hot drinks. To test if you are drinking enough, check your urine. If it's clear or pale that means you are drinking enough. Darker urine means you need to drink more. Water works, ice cubes, you can also have watered down fruit juice or a broth.