10 Sore Throat Remedies - Health.com lists,
- Anti-inflammatories - Ibuprofen (Advil, Aleve, ...)
- Saltwater gargle several times a day - A teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water.
- Lozenges & Sprays - Lozenges with a cooling or numbing like menthol or eucalyptus.
Chloraseptic's active ingredient, phenol, is a local antiseptic that also has antibacterial properties.
- Cough syrup - If you're having trouble sleeping due to a sore throat, a nighttime formula like NyQuil (which contains a pain reliever and an antihistamine) or Robitussin AC (guaifenesin and codeine) can relieve pain.
- Fluids - Water, watered-down fruit juice, chicken broth
- Tea - Add a teaspoon of honey. It'll help the "medicine" go down, and it has antibacterial properties.-
All tea-black, green, or white-contains a group of antioxidants known as catechins, which may have flu-fighting properties and may help boost overall immunity.
- Chicken soup - The sodium in the broth may actually have anti-inflammatory properties.
Marshmallow Leaf and Root Tea has been used for hundreds of years to treat coughs, colds, and sore throats.
According to anecdotal reports, modern-day marshmallows can help ease sore throat pain, possibly because the gelatin coats and soothes.
- Antibiotics - Every once and a while--about 10% of the time in adults--a sore throat will be caused by a bacterial infection such as Streptococcus pyogenes. Get tested and your doctor will give you a prescription
- Superfoods - See colds.
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last updated 21 Dec 2011