Soothe a Sore Throat
Throat lozenges, salt-water gargling, and using pain relievers (such as Tylenol® or Advil®) are a few of the ways you can help soothe a sore throat when prescription medications aren't an option. Because most sore throats are caused by an infection with a virus, the body can generally cure the infection within about two to five days (without the need for antibiotics). However, in the meantime, there are some things you can do at home to find relief from a sore throat.
Other ways to help relieve discomfort from a viral throat infection include:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Drinking fluids
- Oral rinses
- Throat sprays
- Natural therapies.
Some people may find relief 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 for their sore throat. Vaporizers or humidifiers can also be soothing.
(Click Sore Throat Remedies for more information on how to soothe a sore throat, including information on things you can do at home to help reduce discomfort.)