Sore Throat Relief
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.
Some of the best ways to help relieve discomfort from a viral throat infection are to get plenty of rest and drink fluids. Other options for decreasing symptoms 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 people may get 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. Vaporizers or humidifiers are also often used to help soothe a sore throat.
(Click Sore Throat Remedies for more details on how to find relief from a sore throat, including information on things you can do at home to help reduce discomfort.)