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How can I help treat throat disorders?

Here are some tips to feel better when you have a throat problem:
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Warm drinks like tea with honey or lemon can soothe your throat. Kids might like cold drinks or Popsicles.
  • Gargle with warm salt water 3 to 4 times a day. Use 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water. Don't swallow the salt water.
  • Suck on hard candy. But don't give this to children under 5 years old -- they can choke.
  • Take medicine for pain. Use acetaminophen (like Tylenol) or ibuprofen (like Advil). Follow the instructions for timing and dose. Do not give aspirin to a child or teen -- it increases risk for a serious problem called Reye's syndrome.

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