Sore throat! What do you do for it? Help!

@mentalward (14695)
United States
November 27, 2008 10:37am CST
I saw my doctor yesterday and got antibiotics for a nasty upper respiratory tract infection. My throat was very red, according to the doctor. No strep throat, though... he checked for that. I'm being a good girl and doing what my doctor told me to do: rest, drink plenty of fluids, take the antibiotics, cough medicine when needed, etc. BUT, my throat still hurts so bad! I have Chloroseptic spray and that helps, temporarily. I drink juice or water continuously and have hot tea maybe twice a day. I've even gargled with warm salt water (yuck!!!). I'm not even talking much at all! That's QUITE a feat for me, believe me! Do you have anything special that you do besides what I've mentioned that works? I'd love a good, natural remedy for a sore throat. Is there anything you know of that I don't? You might be able to help everyone who's suffering right now and, from what I've heard, a LOT of people are catching this nasty thing! We need help!
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45 responses
• United States
27 Nov 08
Take a teaspoon of honey with a little lemon. It does soothe a sore throat. My Grandma gave this to us when we we had a sore throat.
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• United States
27 Nov 08
Yes i agree it really does help a lot.
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• Pakistan
5 Aug 12
My suggestion use boil water and cough syrup also go Dr. for fast recovery
@schulzie (4064)
• United States
27 Nov 08
The doctor reminded me about honey yesterday when I took my teenager in for the same problem you are having. She said that honey coats the throat. Just be careful that you don't drink anything else after you drink the honey. That way the mucus will just flow on top of the honey and not your sore throat. And it will give your throat a chance to heal up. Hope that helps and you get better soon. Sorry you got sick on Turkey day.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Thanks a lot, schulzie! It's no fun being sick on a holiday! We've decided to have our turkey day next week. Hopefully, everyone will be well by then. (My son came down with this thing yesterday himself!) I'm glad you told me about not drinking afterwards! I wouldn't have, right away anyway, but I probably would have forgotten and drank something not long afterwards. You've reminded me that I'd better not do that! LOL I've had some honey, right after reading winterrose's response and now you've reminded me not to drink anything for awhile. I'm SO glad I posted this!!! And thank you also for taking the time to respond on Thanksgiving! I know it's a busy day for most folks, at least those here in the U.S. Well, now I have one more thing to be thankful for, huh? Have a great day and thanks again!
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@Anne18 (11034)
27 Nov 08
I always find a mug of hot lemon squash with honey in does the trick for me. Hope you are feeling better very soon
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Many people are mentioning honey and lemon. That seems to be the most popular remedy, by far! I've had hot tea with lemon and honey but never hot lemon squash. What exactly is hot lemon squash? I just took some honey and plan to take some with lemon juice mixed in next time. I have no idea what hot lemon squash is so I'll wait on that until you let me know. It actually sounds quite tasty! Thanks much for your advice and well wishes.
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• United States
27 Nov 08
I have a book called "Amazing Kitchen Cures" and they give some odd but supposedly working advice for different problems and situations. The remedies that they give for sore throats are:- 1.Aunt Jemima's original syrup. Taking 2 teaspoons of the syrup help coat and soothe the irritated area of the throat. 2. Hershey's syrup. 3. Life Savers or other hard candies. 4. Coca Cola. The carbonation in the cola helps soothe the throat. 5. ReaLemon. Mix a teaspoon of real lemon juice with water and gargle every few hours. The citric acid in the lemon juice is supposed to kill bacteria in your throat. 6. Popsicles. The coldness of popsicles relieve the pain and the sugar helps coat the throat and give you energy. 7. Olive Oil. I have never tried these remedies so I cant tell you whether they have worked or not, but you should try them and let me know if they help. Hope you get better soon!!
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Wow! They ARE odd, but most sound awfully tasty! The Coca Cola doesn't work for me. I had some earlier... or rather, I TRIED to have some earlier. It actually hurt my throat. Popsicles I knew about. That coolness really feels good on a hot, sore throat. Hard candies, too, I know about and have been sucking on a Tootsie Roll Pop left over from Halloween. (Plus, I get to eat the tootsie roll part once I get to it!) Chocolate syrup? Can't go wrong with that! I'd take some chocolate syrup if I stubbed my toe! Chocolate makes you feel better no matter what! LOL I've used honey now and it really is helping. It's funny that wasn't mentioned in your book. Aha! I've just had an epiphany! NOW I know why they say to mix honey with lemon juice! BOTH of them kill bacteria! It makes sense more than ever now! Awesome! I don't have a lemon but I do have lemon juice. I'll mix that with the honey next time. I told mechanicNOT that I'd try his Listerine cure but now that I'm hearing all of these MUCH tastier (and less painful) cures, I might not. Okay, I said I would so I will... later tonight. I'll let you know what I've tried and what worked as soon as I get to them. Thanks for all the tips and well wishes!
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@winterose (39914)
• Canada
27 Nov 08
gargling with salt water is good, also I always use honey it is an natural antibacterial, and it works for throats and dry coughs.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Ah, yes! I had forgotten about that; honey being a natural antibacterial! Thank you! I'm going to go grab the honey right now. Thank you so much, winterrose!!!
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• Malaysia
27 Nov 08
Actually i'm using an icecube to cure my sore throat...maybe not suitable with other people but for me its working..logically we mostly use an ice to cure injury muscle while we in sports..but the the theory also can be use for the sore throat i think.
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
That makes sense, koyak! Ice would cool the throat and help to reduce any swelling! I have been drinking water and juices with ice cubes in them and that makes them pretty cold. Maybe I'll just try to suck on an ice cube a little with each sip. That might help! Thank you for the suggestion!
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@aweins (4203)
• India
27 Nov 08
hi mentalward, my dear friend, i know its a bad situation to be in. you can do some of these things as my hubby also suffers from sore throat many times. i know you dont like garggling but if you gargle with one tsp of salt with 8fl oz of warm water. you can take hot fluids like soups, tea, as these can decrease in irritation. if you smoke then avoid smoking. you can use a decongestant. you can try mixing a cup of warm water , 2 tsp honey and the juice of one lemon and then start sipping. you can try gargaling by mixing white vinegar , salt, water, and crushed vitamin C together.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I have gargled with warm salt water, aweins. Maybe I should do it more often? I know for a fact that right after gargling with it, my throat feels better for awhile. I've also been drinking hot tea but haven't used honey. I have honey so I'll put that in with my next cup of tea. Thank you very much for your suggestions. If they work for your husband, they should work for me, too! Thanks again and have a great day.
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@cher913 (25884)
• Canada
27 Nov 08
i get a sore throat and swollen glands quite often and what i do besides all you are doing is rub vicks on my neck and at the base of my throat too. i find that helps quite a bit (my parents let it sit on the inside of their throat and swallow it but that sounds too nasty) what about throat lozengers? zinc lozengers are very helpful!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I have Sootherbs lozenges which have Vitamin C, echinacea and zinc in them. I've been sucking on them, but the instructions say to use them every 3-4 hours. Maybe I'll try the Vicks. I think I have some around here. I usually put it in the vaporizer when someone is sick. I forgot all about that! Maybe that's because I normally do that for other people and not myself. Dumb, huh? There's no way you'd get me to put it inside my mouth, though! Nope, no way! Ewwww! LOL Thanks for the suggestions, cher. All this is going to help, I'm sure! Take care and have a great day!
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Hi Marti, hopefully by now you're feeling a wee bit better but just in case you're not, I did find this on the net. Suck on a zinc lozenge. Some studies reveal that zinc can help alleviate sore throats and other cold symptoms. Gargle with warm salt water. Place 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm or cold water. Gargle several times and repeat throughout the day. Frozen ice pop. Try sucking on a frozen ice pop. Should help with the pain. Warm compress. Try a heating blanket or a warm compress and place on the outside of your throat. Chamomile tea. Make a tea adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile blossoms to a pint of boiling water; steep and drink a cup every few hours. Pomegranate drink. Boil a few pomegranate rinds and drink as a tea. The pomegranate contains astringents that will help.. Cayenne pepper. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to 1 cup of boiling water; stir well and gargle while mixture is very warm. This brings more circulation to the area and helps draw away the infection. To this formula you can add 4 parts Echinacea, 1 part garlic bulb, and 2 parts peppermint leaves to 1 part cayenne. Mustard. Grind one tablespoon of mustard seed and combine with the juice of half a lemon, one tablespoon of salt, one tablespoon of clear honey, and 1 1/4 cups of boiling water. Leave this mixture, covered, for 15 minutes and use as a gargle. Honey/apple cider vinegar. Mix 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1/4 cup of honey. Take one tablespoon every four hours or as needed for pain relief. Rise to the occasion. Another cause of sore throat in the morning—besides sleeping with your mouth open—is a backup of stomach acids into your throat during the night. These acids are extremely irritating to sensitive throat tissues. Avoid the problem by tilting your bed frame so the head is 4 to 6 inches higher than the foot. (Try using bricks.) But don't simply pile more pillows under your head; they can cause you to bend in the middle, increasing pressure on your esophagus and making the problem worse. As an extra precaution, don't eat or drink for an hour or two before retiring. Here's the link that I found it from. Hope it helps!!http://www.farmersalmanac.com/natural_cures/a/sore-throat-secrets
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@apples99 (6562)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Hot tea - Tea or hot chocolate helps a sore throat.
I think you should try and drink something warm like hot chocolate or maybe some tea with lemon in it, you can even try drinking some warm chicken broth thats what I do when I have sore throat, I dont like drinking anything cold during a sore throat I hate drinking water or anything unless its hot but it is important to fallow the doctors orders and drink plenty of fluids, but for me it helps to drink things that are hot and have a smooth texture to them. I hope that helps your sore throat get better.
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• United States
28 Nov 08
My grandmother is from France, and they always make hot tea over there.. Of course it's French tea, but I personally think that any type of hot tea (without caffeine) would soothe your throat. I really like this one type of tea called Sweet Dreams.. It's a blend of chamomile, hibiscus, peppermint leaves, rose blossoms, spearmint leaves, spice, and orange blossoms. Here's a website so you can see what the box looks like : http://www.bigelowtea.com/sweet-dreams-herbal-tea-p-1-00086.htm Hope you get well soon!
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@mjweed21 (693)
• Philippines
1 Dec 08
I think you should take a rest... any medecine will be of no use if you won't rest.
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@xialinye (1403)
• China
1 Dec 08
drink water and sleep early.i hope that'll help you go through it.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
ugh i dont know of anything because i rarely get them THANK GODS!! but when i get them i try to sleep them off because i am such a baby when i have a sore throat.. but i do know that if you drink peppermint schnapps straight it can help.. it really depends on the brand though.. i got some and it took the burn out completely and then the next time i tried it it didnt work.. but if you have some around try a few sips.. it will burn like hell but then if its the right kind it will stop hurting of course im replying late so hopefully you arent having the sore throat thing anymore!! get better!!
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• Pakistan
30 Nov 08
Throat is gateway of respiratory section of the body which goes to your stomach. They are correlated. Infection in throat may cause to suffer your whole body. You should take special care and simply suck the steam of a teapot. If you are suffering in cold then you should try to inhale the steam of hot water. I am not medical expert. I was suffering from throat infection and doctor had advised me to inhale the steam with my in coming breath. This cured me and resolved this problem and now I am normal.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
30 Nov 08
Actually I was told to take 2 Advil and I did and it helped my sore throat alot and now everytime I am getting one I read for a Advil and it works.
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• India
29 Nov 08
Sore Throat Remedies Sore Throat treatment with Mango Bark: Sore Throat Remedy Mango bark is effective in the treatment of a sore throat and other throat disorders. Its fluid, which is extracted by grinding, can be applied nearby with beneficial results and can also be used as a throat gargle. This gargle is made by mixing 10 ml of the fluid extract with 125 ml of water Sore Throat remedy via Belleric Myroblan: Sore Throat Remedy The herb "belleric myroblan" is an expensive sore throat remedy. A mixture of two grams of the pulp of the fruit, a quarter teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of powdered long pepper and two teaspoons of honey must be managed in the treatment of this condition. The fried fruit can also be roasted after wrapping it with wheat flour, and used as a cure for a sore throat. Sore Throat treatment with Bishop's Weed: Sore Throat Remedy Bishop's weed is precious for sore throat treatment. An infusion of the seeds mixed with common salt can be used helpfully as a gargle in an acute condition caused by a cold. Sore Throat treatment with Cinnamon: Sore Throat Remedy Cinnamon is considered as an effective remedy for a sore throat resulting from a cold. One teaspoon of roughly powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this situation. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give vast relief Sore Throat remedy with Fenugreek Seeds: Sore Throat Remedy A gargle prepared from fenugreek seeds has been found to be a very useful remedy for treating a sore throat. To prepare this gargle, two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds should be put in a litre of cold water and permitted to simmer for half an hour over a low flame. This should then be allowed to cool to a bearable temperature, strained, and then used totally as a gargle. Sore Throat cure with Henna: Sore Throat Remedy The leaves of henna are helpful as a sore throat cure. A decoction of the leaves can be used as a gargle for this reason. Sore Throat cure via Holy Basil The leaves of holy basil have also been found helpful in the in curing sore throat. Water boiled with basil leaves can be used as a drink, and also used as a gargle to relieve a sore throat Sore Throat remedy with Kantakari: Sore Throat Remedy The herb kantakari is a precious in sore throat remedy. An extract of the plant should be used as a gargle for this reason. This extract is prepared by constantly boiling the plant in about two litres of water after washing it thoroughly Sore Throat treatment via Liquorice: Sore Throat Remedy Liquorice is a well-known home remedy for sore throat in all parts of India. A small piece of raw liquorice should he chewed or sucked for treating this situation. The healing property of the herb soothes inflammation speedily Sore Throat cure with Sage: Sore Throat Remedy Sage is another effectual cure for a sore throat. Half a litre of boiling water must be poured on a handful of sage leaves. When fairly cool, a little vinegar and honey should be added according to taste. This mixture can be used as a gargle. Sore Throat remedy with Tea Decoction: Sore Throat Remedy A decoction made from tea leaves is very helpful in the treatment of a sore throat. This decoction, mixed with a little bit of salt, should be used as a gargle. It can be used two or three times daily for acquiring relief. It is not essential to use fresh leaves for this purpose. Boiling water can be discharge over used tea leaves in the tea jug and this decoction can be used as a gargle. Sore Throat treatment via Tamarind Tamarind is also helpful in the treatment of sore throat. Tamarind water must be used as a gargle. A powder of the dry leaves and an infusion of the bark can also be used for preparation of a gargle for curing sore throat
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@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
28 Nov 08
For my kids I usually do: - cut a carrot in thin round slices, cover it with brown sugar, wait (an hour or so) - after some time, it produces a serum, translucent, yellow/brown colored - take a spoon or two every hour My kids love it, eating even the carrot, lol. But the most important: it cures the sour throat in a hurry. Hope you get better soon.
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@unagie (122)
• India
28 Nov 08
well this is also kinda yukkie... but try this: take one tspoon of honey and add a pinch of ginger to it... have tht it might help.. its an old indian style of curing cough n throat infections....
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@derek_a (10898)
28 Nov 08
What I do is get two apples, a small piece of ginger and a clove of garlic and juice it. I have a juicer, but it could be pureed in a food mixer or blender. The juiced version is very hot, but it really works on the infection. Of course I still take antibiotics the doctor has given them to me, but I haven't had to have any for about 10 years, as the first sign of sore throat or cold, this is the remedy I use. It tastes rather vile, but better than having a cold. :-)
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