Cure a Sore
There are many causes of a persistent or reoccurring sore throat. It is
often due to the common cold,
(influenza) or a bacterial infection (strep throat). Finding out the
cause is important so that the correct treatment plan can be put into
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Natural Home Remedies to Provide Pain Relief from
a Sore Throat
Natural Home Remedies to Enhance the Immune
System to Speed Up Healing
Many natural remedies do not directly provide pain relief from
throat soreness but they aer used to boost the immune system.
This is a necessary
step to allow the mucous membrane in the throat area to heal quickly.
These natural remedies have antiviral and antibacterial
that can be helpful in killing off the germs that cause throat soreness.
See the article on Immune System Boosters
to discover the best natural remedies can be used to support healing
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are some symptoms and how long does it last?
soreness in the throat can include:
- pain in the back of the throat
- pain during swallowing of food or saliva
- scratchy feeling in the back of the throat
- feeling of dryness or a lump
- pain may range from annoying to severe pain
people can easily tell if they have soreness in the throat. It may
feel like it's coming for the entire back of the throat or just
one-sided or on one spot only.
Often soreness in the throat may indicate possible bacterial or viral
infections (see table below) so watch out for signs and symptoms such
as sinus problems, ear ache, swollen glands (tonsils), post nasal drip,
cough and fever.
It may be
acute (short-term) or chronic (persistent and long-term).
Acute throat soreness usually
last anywhere from three to seven days for most people. Acute throat
soreness is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Chronic throat soreness is usually caused by other health problems (see
last longer than three weeks, then it may indicate something else such
as an allergy problem. Seek medical advice if this is the case.
are some common causes of a sore throat?
The two main causes of throat soreness are from viruses and bacteria.
far, viruses cause over 90% of all cases of sore throat.
||Common types and their description
cases (over 90%) of soreness in the throat can be traced to a viral
infection. It is often a result of the common
cold or the flu
(both of which are caused by a virus).
Once these viral infections are cured, the throat soreness will resolve
completely within 7 days for most people.
||This is a common viral infection causing
soreness in the throat in adults. This condition commonly causes severe
virus can cause sore throat as well as ears and lungs infection.
This infection typically last up to seven days and may also include
symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting and rashes.
||Common types and their description
is the most common bacteria (Streptococcus) that causes soreness in the
throat. It accounts for up to 10% of all cases.
infection seems to attack children of school age. This condition most
requires a visit to your family doctor since, in a small percentage of
may develop an infection that damages the heart valves (rheumatic
fever) or cause other health problems.
Antibiotic (usually penicillin) is prescribed to cure this
sexually transmitted disease (STD) can result from the
gonorrhea bacterial that is
transmitted by an infected person performing fellatio (oral stimulation
of the penis). Antibiotics will
be required to cure this infection.
|Other non-contagious types
||There are numerous possible causes for a
sore throat. If bacterial or
viral infections are ruled out, below is a list of other causes of
unlike the sore throat caused by virus and bacteria, this type of sore
throat is not infectious. You cannot get it from another person or pass
it to someone else.
- a sign of allergies (hay fever)
- environmental problems (such as dryness
caused by air conditioners)
- chronic coughing / excessive or forceful
- bronchitis (acute)
- sinus infection (sinusitis)
- animal dander (dog and cat allergies)
- toxic chemicals in the air
- cancer of the throat
infection / candida
- acid reflux from the stomach
- irritating foods (spicy food or food
- dehydration (for example, when you first
get up in the morning)
- insufficient saliva production (dry mouth
caused, possibly, by prescription medications)
- breathing through your mouth rather than
through the nose (the nose humidifies the air you breathe in)
- Hormonal imbalance (for example, estrogen)
- mold allergies
Many of these causes tend to cause chronic, reoccurring and persistent
(usually low-grade) sore throat.
are some of the best home remedies for
treating a sore throat?
In addition to
using natural remedies, here are some helpful home remedy tips
suggestions you can also try to get pain relief from throat soreness.
Gargle with lukewarm salt water. Mix about 1
teaspoon of table salt in a cup (250 mL) of water and gargle several
times a day.
Drink water to prevent dehydration. Avoid
acidic juices and soda beverages.
If it's due to the cold or flu, get sufficient
rest to allow your body (and throat) to heal
the room you sleep in with a cool mist or warm mist humidifier. (A warm
mist humidifier tends to heat the room up.) 30% to 50% humidity is the
most comfortable range and closer to the 50% humidity provides the best
light meals and drink soup that is not too spicy (although a bit of
spice might help to give some relief from pain). Definitely avoid
very spicy foods.
Avoid deep-fried foods such as fried
chicken and french fries. They can further irritate the throat.
can I do to prevent a sore throat?
your immune system in top condition is one of many ways to prevent this
from happening. As well the following suggestions can be helpful in
preventing you from developing a sore throat from a variety of causes.
Maintain hygiene by washing hands.
Don't share spoons, forks and knives.
Try to keep your distance with someone who has
infections or a sore throat.
Get enough rest (to ensure your body and
immune system is in a healthy state).
Eat nutritious foods and increase intake of
fruits and vegetables.
Keep the air you breathe as high quality as
possible. Avoid the smoke from smokers and exhaust from vehicles.
the humidity (in your bedroom especially) at a comfortable level by
using a humidifier. The best range is between 30% and 50% of moisture.
In the winter, the humidity in the air you breathe can drop to an
uncomfortable level (below 30%). Buy a humidity monitor if necessary to
- If you have allergies (hay fever), consider
investing in an air filter for your bedroom (at least) that uses a HEPA
filter. This will keep the air in the room as clean as possible.
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