A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. Throat pain is the primary symptom of a sore throat. It may get worse when you try to swallow, and you may have difficulty swallowing food and liquids. A sore throat isn’t serious enough for a trip to the doctor, it’s still painful and may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Its quite a common winter ailment.
Fortunately, you can use these three remedies to relive from throat pain:
* Honey: Honey mixed in tea or taken on its own is a common household remedy for a sore throat. One study found that honey was even more effective at taming nighttime coughs than common cough suppressants.
* Salt water: Gargling with warm salt water can help soothe a sore throat and break down secretions. It’s also known to help irradicate bacteria in the throat. Make a saltwater solution with a half-teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water. Gargle it to help reduce swelling and keep the throat clean. This should be done every three hours or so.
* Peppermint: Peppermint is known for its ability to freshen breath. Diluted peppermint oil sprays may also relieve sore throats.