There are at-home-remedies and other alternative treatments for sore throats. First, you might want to try mixing together a little salt and water and gargling the concoction a few times a day. You can also suck on throat lozenges to help with the scratchiness, but do not give these to small children. A vaporizer that dispenses a cool mist might help to keep the air in your house humid.
Teas made with certain herbs, such as eucalyptus, chamomile, licorice root, and honeysuckle flowers, may help alleviate symptoms. As always, make sure your doctor is consulted if you are pregnant or taking other medication before ingesting certain herbs.