From pain when swallowing to difficulty getting your vocals chords into gear, a sore throat can make you feel like giving up and crawling back into bed. To help you find the right remedy for you, we explore a mixture of ten natural and medicinal ways to help soothe a sore throat.
A sore throat can have many causes, but they usually occur as a result of a bacterial or viral infection. Most of us have experienced “the common cold”, which is attributed to the rhinovirus, coronavirus, and parainfluenza virus. Various types of streptococcal bacteria can also cause a sore throat in both children and adults. Luckily, there are many ways you can try to soothe the pain and inflammation associated with this ailment.
You may think that you already have some of the best sore throat remedies in your home medicine cupboard. Inflammation is a common symptom of a sore throat, the reason being that this inflammatory reaction is the body fighting the germs causing your discomfort. As the blood supply to the throat increases, it becomes more swollen and red as it attacks the virus. As such, many of us reach for the anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Aleve, in a bid to reduce throat swelling. This is a bad idea: inflammation is your body’s auto-response to the bacteria or virus, and it is a sign that you’re battling the bug. Instead, support your body’s immune system by consuming garlic. Rich in sulfuric compounds like allicin which help to boost the immune system, garlic also contains natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. To avoid the pungent taste, simply chop a clove into four pieces and swallow each with some water – as if you’re taking a pill! In the long run, this will enable your body to rid itself of the bacteria or virus quicker, therefore helping to soothe your sore throat faster!
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