Are there alternative treatments for a sore throat?

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.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There are many kitchen cures for common ailments. Learn about a household remedy for sore throat in this video of Dr. Oz.


Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Watch as Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist Dr. Pina LoGiudice shares some alternative treatments for a sore throat.


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Viral Throat Infections

Viral Throat Infections

Aside from strep throat, most sore throats caused by are contagious, viral throat infections that cannot be treated with antibiotics. The most common culprits of a viral throat infection include coxsackievirus, mononucleosis, and ...

the flu. Mononucleosis (mono) is a virus that causes symptoms that can last for weeks or months at a time. Viral throat infections are best treated with rest, liquids and other home remedies. If the sore throat causes you to have trouble breathing or a high fever, or results in spots in the back of your throat, call your doctor.
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