How to Cure a Sore Throat
In most cases, the cure to a sore throat is just time (typically about two to five days). This is because most sore throats are the result of a viral infection. This type of infection will not respond to antibiotics; however, there are some home remedies that can help relieve a throat infection.
Some of these remedies that can help relieve pain and discomfort include:
- Pain medicines, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen (Aleve®)
- Oral rinses (salt-water gargle)
- Throat lozenges
- Throat sprays
- Natural therapies.
Some of the best ways to treat a sore throat caused by a viral infection are to get plenty of rest and drink fluids. Also, many people may get relief of symptoms by sipping warm drinks (such as lemon or honey tea) or eating soups. Others might find that cold drinks or frozen desserts (such as ice cream) are helpful. Vaporizers or humidifiers are also often used to help soothe a sore throat.
(Click Sore Throat Remedies to learn more about how to cure your symptoms. This article provides a complete overview of how to treat a throat infection and explains when antibiotics may be necessary.)