How To Treat A Sore Throat
Knowing how to treat a sore throat might come in handy with flu and cold season. Around this time of the year, almost everyone experiences sore throats and itchy noses. While you can't make a sore throat go away simply by willing it away, you can do many things to treat a sore throat and help reduce the itchy sore throbbing pain in the back of your throat.
Things You Will Need:
- salt water
- vapor Rub
- Gargle with salt water to treat a sore throat. Use a teaspoon of salt and mix it in with a cup of warm water. Gargle the solution for about a minute and spit it out. Try doing this four times daily to treat your sore throat. The salt helps heal the raw tissue inside your throat, and the warm water acts as a pain reducer.
- Use a vaporizer to treat a sore throat. Vaporizers may help in treating your sore throat. Warm or cool air may help open passages that are swollen. It may help even more if you add menthol vapors, such as Vick's Vapor Rub, into the solution. The vapors will warm up and help open air passages that are swollen from mucus and rawness caused by your sore throat.
- Try not to smoke or use tobacco products with a sore throat. Tobacco in general will only may a sore throat worse. If you are a smoker, stop smoking for a few days, and if you live with a smoker, ask them to smoke outside or at least not around you until your sore throat gets better. If you chew tobacco, try to keep it to a minimum.
- Use over-the-counter medications for a sore throat. If need be, you can find many sore throat remedies that will at least numb the pain you do feel in your throat while it heals. These products contain a local anesthetic that you can suck on or spray into your throat that help with numbing the pain associated with sore throats. You can find these products at almost all drug stores.