Anyone have tips for a severe sore throat?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I find there’s 2 types of sore throat: real sore throat (as in the virus is attacking your throat) and sore throat caused by post nasal drip irritation.

I find that if it’s the latter, a gargle really helps. I use salt and baking soda, but I’ve heard people swear by lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Since these are natural ingredients, it can’t hurt to try them both. There are plenty of “recipes” online but basically it’s just the dry mixed with warm water and you gargle several times. A neti pot can also help with head congestion which in turn can alleviate all that gunk from dripping into your throat and aggrevating it.

Otherwise, just bed rest and I find that the sore throat goes away in a day or so. It may, however, be a harbinger of a cold or flu coming on, so take it easy. Drink lots of water/tea, get lots of rest, eat Vitamin C and zinc and if you’re up to it, try some light exercise, like a walk.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I like to drink lemon tea to get rid of a sore throat. If I don’t have that, hot water with lemon!

Sorry you’re not feeling well, seems like it’s that time of year. 🙁

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second Vitamin C (those packets are great EmergenC) and tea with honey (helps coat the throat for pain but won’t clear it up)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I second the gargling with hot/warm water and salt.  I also drink a lot of hot tea…and suck on millions of cough drops.  Do you feel sick aside from your sore throat? 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Emergen C!  And, I haven’t tried it yet, but last time I had a severe sore throat the pharmacist told me to gargle with liquid benadryl and then swallow it.  If you can’t eat, I’d go to the doctor.  I had the same problem a month or two ago and they gave me antiobiotics that night.  By morning I was feeling 10 times better. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you don’t have strep, do you? you might want to get it checked out. i had a sore throat for a while a few weeks ago and i went to get a strep test even though it was my only symptom (because strep triggers my psoriasis) and they didn’t think i had it but when they did the test – sure enough! they gave me a script for some magic throat numb-er, in addition to the antibiotics, if it got to the unbearable point but i toughed it out and never filled it. my 93 yr old abuelita recommends listerine though haha. so much for old homeland remedies… i’ve always gargled with warm salt water though.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Put about a teaspoon of bleach in a glass of warm water and gargle- don’t swallow! But the bleach can usually kill whatever bacteria might be causing your sore throat. My best friend’s stepmother did this for us when we were younger and it usually works.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

honey & lemon, warm fluids, and staying away from anything cold

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.LetsGoPens: i hope it’s just a sore throat, but it never hurts to make sure! i hope ya feel better soon!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I swear by honey shots.  I worked in radio for a few years, and all of the on-air talent swore by it.  Down a tablespoon of honey, either straight on in a little warm (not hot) water, every couple of hours.  I know I’ve been having major sinus problems lately because of the weather fluctuations. 

If it doesn’t get better by tomorrow morning, I’d see a doctor.  It could be strep. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My no-fail sore throat buster is OJ and pineapple smoothies. Everytime I am starting to get a cold, I stop by the grocery, buy a pineapple and eat the whole thing in about a day (some of it plain, some in smoothies with oj and ice–don’t add yogurt/ice cream/milk, because dairy will not help if it is a drip causing your sore throat). The Vitamin C helps you feel better, while the ice from the smoothie will numb your throat for temporary relief. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely do the warm water & salt gargle, if it is strep the salt will create an environment that is inhospitable for the virus –if caught early enough at the onset you can actually avoid contracting strep throat this way.

 

A vitamin B complex, vit C & echinacea are generally good for your immunity too.

Feel better!

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