DIY FOR YOUR THROAT
SYMPTOMS: Irritation, Itching kind of feeling, Choaking Throat with Mucus.
A sore throat can be the first sign of a cold, a side effect of strained vocal cords, or an indication of something more serious (like strep throat).
Regardless of the cause, your immediate concern when soreness strikes is how to get relief, fast.
You may be tempted to run to your doctor, but some of the best treatments are home remedies and over-the-counter drugs.
Here are some to try the next time you’re feeling scratchy, hoarse, or just plain sick.
One of the most effective treatments for sore throat is probably already in your medicine cabinet: an over- the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil or Aleve.
These medicines are combination of pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, so they’ll make you feel better and they’ll also reduce some of the swelling associated with a sore throat. If you have a fever that’s also contributing to your symptoms, they can help reduce that as well.
Gargling several times a day with warm salt water can reduce swelling in the throat and loosen mucus, helping to flush out irritants or bacteria.
-Half a teaspoon of salt in one cup of water. If the salty taste is too unpleasant for you, try adding a small amount of honey to sweeten the mixture slightly. (Just remember to spit the water out after gargling, rather than swallowing!)
Sucking on cough drops stimulates saliva production, which can help keep your throat moist. Over-the-counter sprays like Chloraseptic produce an effect similar to cooling lozenges. They won’t cure your sore throat or help you fight off the underlying cold, but they may help dull the pain temporarily.
Chloraseptic’s active ingredient, phenol, is a local antiseptic that also has antibacterial properties.