Sore Throat

What Is A Sore Throat?

 A sore throat is characterized by irritation, pain, itchiness that can make it tough to swallow food and liquids. Often the pain gets worse if left untreated. It can affect people of age groups, ranging from children to the oldies.

What Triggers A Sore Throat?

  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Environmental pollution
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Weakened immune system
  • Certain medications
  • Smoking
  • Certain types of illnesses such as cancer

How Would You Know If You Have A Sore Throat ?

  • In case of a sore throat, you will have a dry throat that will be accompanied with swollen glands in the neck.
  • You may also have visible white patches on the tonsils
  • Hoarseness in the voice
  • In case the sore throat persists, it may be accompanied with high grade fever.

What Should You Do In Case Your Symptoms Worsen?

  • In most cases, sore throat gets better without much of medical intervention. However, in case it worsens, you may be unable to breathe and swallow properly.
  • You may also complain of blood in the mucus, lump in the throat accompanied with rashes and high grade fever
  • In severe cases, you may also report of pain in the joints.

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor will inspect you physically with a help of a lighted instrument. He shall look for signs of inflammation that could be indicative of a strep throat.
  • He may also check your neck for swelling in the glands and monitor your breathing.
  • In case, the doctor is suspicious of something very serious, he shall suggest you to see a specialist.
  • You may be recommended to try herbal remedies to treat the soreness in throat. You may also be suggested to use over the counter medications to ease the symptoms.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Sore Throat ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Gargle With Warm Water

Ingredients: Warm Water, Salt

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add a pinch of salt. Gargle using this water. You may also drink this water. It shall significantly help to ease the symptoms.

2. Gargle With Sauce

Ingredients: Warm Water, Sauce

Ways to Use:

Hot peppers help to alleviate the pain and inflammation. To a cup of warm water add five drops of sauce. Stir them and gargle with it. 

3. Turmeric

Ingredients: Turmeric, Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add a pinch of turmeric. You can drink this mixture or gargle with this mixture. You can also replace water with milk. Drink this mixture before bedtime and see the amazing effects.

4. Clove Tea

Ingredients: Cloves, Water

Ways to Use:

To a cup of warm water, add a few cloves and bring it to boil. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature, it helps to soothe and heal a sore throat effectively.

Changing seasons, bring with them, not only varied colors and lifestyle changes but also a host of infections. However, it is important to shield oneself from the “ever existing” bacterial and viral infections that could adversely affect your health. However, when suffering from a throat infection, make sure you try these remedies instantly for relief!

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