Throat Disorders

How can I manage a sore throat at home?

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  • ARealAge answered

    Most viral sore throats can be treated with home care. Home care also is a good supplement to the antibiotic treatment given for bacterial infections to relieve pain. These are some home care measures to try:

    • Gargle every few hours with salt water (1/4 teaspoon salt in eight ounces warm water).
    • Drink a cup of weak tea with lemon or honey.
    • Increase fluids to eight to 12 glasses a day.
    • Try over-the-counter throat lozenges containing local anesthetics.
    • Cough drops or hard candy can moisten the throat.
    • Get plenty of rest.
    • Try acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen for pain and fever. (Do not give aspirin to children under 18.) Follow the label for correct dosage.
    • Using a vaporizer to moisten the air may help moisten the throat.
    • Avoid smoking or being around smoke and other throat irritants.
    • If stomach acid is contributing to the sore throat, take precautions for heartburn.

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