Have you discovered how to soothe a sore throat effectively?
What to say, I get a sore throat quite often, no matter what season it is.
That’s why I am always looking for some ways to get a little sore throat relief, but nothing seems to really work for me, although there are some things that help relieve the inflammation.
I am going to share a what-to-do and what-not-to-do list of things that can help you get rid of your sore throat faster.
Do’s and Don’ts for Sore Throat Relief
People tend to try a bunch of home remedies for sore throat, often more than they should (been there done that), so here I want to clarify what to do and what to avoid so you don’t make the situation worse.
Ok, here is what I found:
- The best remedies are those sprays for a sore throat that you can apply directly in your mouth. Most of them just make it numb for a while, so you have the sensation that the sore throat is gone. For the record, I don’t like those. They don’t help solve the problem. Go for sprays with propolis, a mixture that comes from bees that really reduces the inflammation. The only downside…it tastes horrible, it almost makes me barf. But it’s your best bet.
- Second, do gargles with warm water and salt (250 ml of water and one tsp of salt). Don’t swallow because it’ll taste gross, but it helps reduce the inflammation and relieve a sore throat. My aunt from Finland taught me this!
- Recently I tried also to do gargles with mouthwash solutions. It makes tons of bubbles and it’s kinda messy, but it somewhat works too and can provide some sore throat relief.
- Humidify the environment. When I have a sore throat I hate to wake up at night with a dry throat because it makes the inflammation so bad and it’s so uncomfortable. I have a portable humidifier that I keep in my bedroom and it helps a lot. I definitely wake up feeling much better than I do without it. During the day we can keep swallowing, but at night our throat can dry really fast. A humidifier is a great way to soothe a sore throat.
- Drink lots of fluids to ensure the right level of moisture in your throat and prevent dehydration.
- Rest, rest your body and rest your voice.
- Don’t take antibiotics without prescription: a sore throat can be caused by viral infection, so the administration of antibiotics would be useless, ineffective and unnecessary, if not harmful. They can’t get you any sore throat relief!
- If you have to take antibiotics because your doctor said so (to cure another disease), don’t drink milk or derivatives immediately after taking antibiotics because milk can make the drug ineffective.
- Don’t take anti-inflammatory drugs for too long. Long term can cause more damages, plus your body will learn to resist them.
- Don’t smoke or be near people that smoke. It’s obvious that it would irritate your throat even more.
- Don’t share the same cup or towels with others, to reduce the infection and avoid spreading it.
What to Eat
There are some foods (in this case mostly drinks) that can help with sore throat relief.
- Drink real lemon juice with cold water to enhance the disinfecting property of lemon.
- Drink warm milk with honey. I like to drink herbal tea (like chamomile) with lots of honey…I find it one of the best home remedies for sore throat.
- Even just a tsp of pure honey is a great sore throat remedy.
- Take zinc! Zinc helps boost the immune system.
What to Avoid
Here are a couple of foods to avoid, so you don’t worsen the inflammation in your throat:
- Avoid Coffee or drinks with caffeine: they seem to increase dehydration when you have a cold or a sore throat.
- Avoid Spicy foods because they irritate the throat.
I basically tried all of these ways to relieve a sore throat (not to cure it and make it go away) and I can say that they help relieve the soreness.
To completely get rid of a sore throat, unfortunately, you just have to rest and wait till it passes naturally.
It takes time, and you have to let your body fight the infection, although you can give it a hand to speed up the process.
As always, I’d love to hear what your best sore throat relief tips are… A sore throat hits me quite often and if something works better than the remedies I listed above, I’d definitely try it!