• Sore Throat? Nip It in the Bud With These Treatment Tips

    Date: 10.02.2011

    Whether it’s a result of giving a long-winded speech or presentation or a sign of an impending cold or virus, sore throats can really cramp your style and sap your productivity. With a little tender loving care, however, that tickle in your neck can be coaxed into complacency. Here are a few old and new tricks for taming a sore throat before it turns into a full-blown illness.

    Keep it moist. Drink 8-10 cups of clear, non-caffeinated liquids during the day, and consider using a humidifier if your sleeping quarters are persistently dry.

    Try a soothing saltwater gargle. For a sore throat that stems from voice overuse, gargle one-quarter teaspoon of table salt in one-half cup of water, taking care not to swallow.

    Avoid second-hand smoke. If you have a sensitive throat, even a whiff of cigarettes can inflame the tissue enough to cause discomfort.

    Steer clear of allergens.  Sore throats can be a warning sign that allergy season is on its way. If your sore throats tend to be seasonal, an over-the-counter antihistamine might help.

    Try hot tea with a touch of honey. OK, so this treatment might be mostly psychological, but if it works, it works!

    These commonsense remedies are great to have in your repertoire if low-grade sore throats are a frequent problem for you. However, if your symptoms worsen or persist, or if you develop a fever, ditch the self-care tactics and head to the doctor.