Sore Throat Treatment
The human body can typically heal itself of a sore throat, as most throat infections are viral and don't respond to antibiotics. A viral sore throat takes about two to five days to improve on its own. However, there are some home remedies you can use to help relieve pain and fever.
Home remedies for treating a sore throat can include:
- Pain medicines, such as Tylenol® or Advil®
- 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 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. Vaporizers or humidifiers are also often used to help soothe a sore throat.
(Click Sore Throat Remedies for more information. This article provides a complete overview of remedies you can try at home to help reduce pain and fever.)