Post # 1
Good morning ladies,
I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to get rid of a severe sore throat. It started on Tuesday afternoon and has since gotten worse. I cant talk or eat without pain. I have been taking alkaseltzer, aireborne, using vicks vapor rub, and I have been eating cough drops like they are candy. I am really hoping that I can kick this by Sunday because I will be spending the entire day outside in Pittsburgh near the river, and that will not be good on a cold.
TYIA!! You girls are the best!!!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
Just read this yesterday (about gargling for colds)!
Hope you feel better soon!
Post # 8
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
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
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 # 11
The funny thing about this is that the only other symptom I have is a light cough. No runny nose, no sneezing, no sinus pressure. I have never tried gargling I will deffinately try that. I think I may stop at the Medexpress near me just incase I have something worse.
Thank you very much for all the help!
Post # 12
honey & lemon, warm fluids, and staying away from anything cold
Post # 13
@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
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
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
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.