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Remedies for a sore throat

Sore throats are a common symptom experienced by cold and flu sufferers. Most sore throats do not require professional treatment, but the following remedies will help ease the pain and irritation of a sore throat. Remember, consult your GP for professional advice.

Fluids

One of the best ways to keep the pain of a sore throat at bay is to stay fully hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and choose foods such as soup over dry foods that can further irritate your throat. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and fizzy drinks.

Salt Water

A salt water rinse and gargle is one of the most effective remedies for sore throats. Salt water clears mucus and and soothes sore throat tissues.

Medication

An over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help ease your sore throat and reduce inflammation. If your throat pain continues for more than two days, you should contact your doctor.

Lozenges

Sucking on throat lozenges can also help ease the pain of a sore throat. They stimulate saliva production and keep your throat from drying out.

Honey and Lemon

Lemon reduces mucus and honey coats your throat to provide relief. Stir a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice into a glass of hot water. Allow it to cool a little then sip.

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