A sore throat refers to pain, itchiness, or irritation of the throat. The major symptom that shows the presence of sore throat is difficulty swallowing food and liquids, and the pain may get worse when you try to swallow.
The cause of sore throat can be different things ranging from viral infection, bacterial infection, toxin irritants, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and trauma/injury. Sore throat can be contagious depending on the cause of it. However, studies has showed that the major cause of sore throat is through viral infection. As a result of this, proper measure must be put in place apart from the frequent hand washing, covering of your mouth when coughing etc.
I will be sharing with you the proper home measure that should be put in place which I also term the “5 natural remedies for sore throat”
Gargling with warm saltwater
Gargling with salt water is the well-known natural remedy for sore throat because it is effective. This helps to reduce the swelling also salts primary function within that context is to draw out water, which in turn shrinks the swollen cell and eases the pain. It also fights against bacteria and also helps wash away the excess mucous and allows your stuffy nose (if you have one) to drain properly. Prepare the salt water solution by taking out one cup of warm water and ½ teaspoon of salt, thoroughly mix it together and gargle thrice a day. This is very effective when properly done.
Over the years, honey has been known for its numerous benefits, one of those benefits is that it is a natural remedy for sore throat. This can be achieved by mixing honey in tea or by taking it alone. It also helps to cure cough. Studies has also shown that honey helps to speed up healing for sore throat.
Lemon and water
The nature of lemon is harsh as a result of this, it will help compress the swollen throat tissue and create an acidic environment for viruses and bacteria. This will chase away the bacteria and virus because they can’t work in such an environment. Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 cup water for the home remedy.
Though the smell of garlic can be discouraging but garlic has antibacterial and antiseptic properties along with other medicinal properties that can help treat or prevent sore throats. Eat garlic in raw or cooked form daily. Garlic has a chemical component known as allicin that helps kill the bacteria that may be causing the sore throat.
Keep food and drink at moderate temperature
Taking a cup of cold water can be really tempting because one might feel it gives this soothing feeling but in reality it does more harm than good. Also, taking a cup of hot tea will end up burning your throat and cause more pain. So try to take warm tea, keep your food in warm temperature in order not to worsen the pain.