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Natural Cures For Sore Throats  

 

 

It is that time of year right now - cold and flu season is in high gear.  It is even  worse if you have children in school, as they seem to catch just about every bug that is going around and bring them home to you.   

The National Academy of Pediatrics says that children will get between 6-10 cold and flu viruses per year, so it seems as soon as you shake one bug, you are coming down with another, and it is much worse during the winter months.

  Even worse still, the cold dry air is hard on your nose and throat passages.  You may find yourself waking up each morning with a sore throat.  If it doesn't go away within a few minutes of getting up, it may be something more sinister than the dry air in the home - it could be a symptom of a nasty cold or flu virus, or even worse, strep throat.   

 

Sore throats are miserable.  You have a hard time talking, swallowing, and even breathing can be miserable.  A home remedy for sore throat or strep throat is pretty easy to come by, though.  Often the best way to treat a sore throat is to identify the cause first and foremost.   

 

·         If you are one of the people who wakes up in the morning with a sore throat, it is probably nothing serious.  Often after a few sips of a hot beverage and a steamy shower your throat will be just fine.  If you are looking to prevent the sore throat in the first place, the best remedy is to place a humidifier in your bedroom near where you sleep.  The moist air will keep your throat and sinuses lubricated so that it won't dry out overnight and cause you pain when you get up in the morning. 

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If your sore throat is a result of a cold or flu, there are a lot of different home remedies.  Usually the cause for a sore throat when you have a cold or flu is post nasal drip.  Mucous will drain from your sinuses down the back of your throat causing irritation and redness.  This is what causes the pain, and may even result in a cough.  The best home remedy in this case, then, will be to break up the mucous and prevent it from draining down the back of your throat.  

 

·         Blow your nose frequently to rid your sinus passages of excess mucous.   

·         Decongestants will help thin nasal secretions so they won't cause as much irritation in the back of your throat.   

·         Drinking plenty of fluids will also help thin secretions.   

·         To ease discomfort and pain associated with the post nasal drip, drink a steaming mug of hot water with a little bit of lemon juice.   

This will get rid of excess mucous in the back of your throat, and finish by drinking another steaming mug of hot water or tea with a bit of honey.  The honey will help coat your throat and lubricate it so that post nasal drip won't be as painful.  

 

·         Another solution for lubricating a sore throat is to suck on a few gummy bears.  

It sounds silly, but the glycerin in the gummy bears makes an excellent lubricant for your throat to allow you some relief from sore throat pain.  Over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are also helpful in alleviating the pain associated with a sore throat.  These are also multi-purpose in that they can help relieve other aches and pains and reduce fever as well which are other symptoms of colds and flu. 

 

·         Strep throat may be the culprit behind your sore throat.  If you have a severe sore throat which doesn't seem to respond to treatment, and you are running a fever, look at the back of your throat in the mirror.   

·         If you see white spots on the back of your throat and your tonsils, strep throat or tonsillitis are the likely culprit of the pain associated with your sore throat.  In this case, if left untreated, there can be serious complications and an antibiotic should be prescribed by a health care professional.  Strep throat and tonsillitis are the result of a bacterial infection, and it will generally not go away on its own.  If left untreated, it can create kidney problems, heart-valve defects, and even death.   

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While there are a lot of natural remedies for sore throat pain, these remedies are mainly for informational purposes and is not a substitute for qualified medical advice.  It is important to seek treatment if you suspect you have a bacterial infection. If your doctor has diagnosed your condition, you can begin to treat a sore throat with any of the above remedies without any adverse side effects or drug interactions.