How To Get Rid of A Sore Throat

How to get rid of a sore throat quickly - the best tips and tricks to cure it. Sore throats can be a pain and are often the first signs of a cold.

Salt water gargle can give immense benefits from sore throat.

Before going towards the treatment, firstly, make it clear that what are the causes of a sore throat?

Types

Sore throat is the pain or irritation in the throat that causes difficulty in swallowing.

There can be two types of sore throat, depending on which you will start treatment;

  1. Viral sore throat (also known as pharyngitis)

  2. Bacterial sore throat (also known as Strep throat)

  • Mostly it is caused because of viral infection, such as resulting from common cold or flu. If you are suffering from a viral sore throat, you don’t need to go for a treatment. it will be resolved on its own by the activity of your immune system.

  • There is no benefit of using antibiotics because both the flue and pharyngitis can not be treated with antibiotics.

  • A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.

  • While the bacterial infection (caused by streptococcus) that is also known as “strep throat” and is a less common type of sore throat requires treatment with antibiotics depending upon the severity.

  • There are further causes (e.g. allergy) of sore throat that may require complicated therapy.

How the immune system can react to bacterial throat infection?

  • When the immune system feels that a bacterial pathogen has gained entry in the body, it immediately starts a rescue operation known as the immune response to fight the invasive pathogen. This operation uses immune cells to kick out bacterial cells from the body via phagocytosis

When it gets serious?

  • If there are following signs and symptoms, it indicates that now you should take your sore throat seriously and consult a specialist

  • If sore throat has become severe or doesn’t get cured even after a week

  • If you are facing difficulty to swallow

  • If it’s causing difficult breathing

  • The mouth can not be opened easily

  • If you are feeling pain in the joints

  • High fever

  • If sore throat is occurring again and again even after treatment

  • If you feel a lump in the neck

  • Hoarseness

How to treat?

  • Viral infections do not need any medicated treatment unless it gets worse, leading to some other complications.

  • People can use simple analgesics ( for example; aspirin and paracetamol) just to prevent symptoms.

  • Gargles with saltwater or aspirin water are also a way to soothe the throat.

  • Over the counter, numbing sprays or lozenges can be used

  • But in the case of Strep throat (bacterial infection), it is normally treated with antibiotics. If the patient is not allergic to this class of antibiotics penicillin or Amoxicillin are the first-line treatment for strep throat with doses or strengths depending upon severity for three to seven days.

  • If the patient is allergic to penicillin then other antibiotics (such as or other Macrolides) are considered as an alternative treatment.

  • But it is always better not to use antibiotics on your own because they are associated with resistance and some serious side effects belonging to each class.

Home remedies to treat a sore throat with no complications

  • Saltwater gargles (half or quarter teaspoon of salt in 250 ml water) three to four times a day are effective in soothing the aching throat.

  • Honey mixed in water or tea is the best home remedy.

  • Licorice root tea not only soothes the throat but also effective to gut and liver.

What’s a sore throat?

A sore throat is an uncomfortable feeling of itching or pain in the throat. It is often caused by different activities, like infections, acid reflux, flu, and even sometimes screaming for a long time.

Causes of sore throat:

A sore throat is caused by many reasons. Some of them are:

  • It can be caused by any viral or bacterial infection.
  • It can be caused by allergies.
  • It also can be caused by smoking.
  • It can be caused by any kind of throat injury.
  • It can be caused by choking.

Symptoms of sore throat:

There are many symptoms of sore throat. Some of them are:

  • The throat feels itchy and painful.
  • The throat also feels like its burning.
  • Swallowing the spit or any morsel of food or a sip of water can also be painful.
  • The throat also feels dry and spiny.

Ways to eradicate sore throat:

There are several ways to get rid of a sore throat, but the best one yet is an organic one aka home remedies. Mentioned below are some of the simplest yet effective methods of curing a sore throat:

  • Dissolve a spoonful of salt in a glass of warm water and gargle with it everyday.
  • Drink soup, herbal tea, broth, and other warm liquid foods to soothe your throat.

Precautions to avoid having a sore throat:

The best precaution is to maintain distance from people who are already infected and make sure you keep yourself hydrated and stay in a hygienic environment.

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