A sore throat can be the first sign of a cold, a side effect of strained vocal cords, or an indication of something more serious (like strep throat).
Regardless of the cause, your immediate concern when soreness strikes is how to get relief, fast. You may be tempted to run to your doctor, but some of the best treatments are home remedies and over-the-counter meds, says Jeffrey Linder, M.D., an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston.
We are introducing some useful home remedies for sore throat.
1. Gargle With Warm Salt Water:
When your Grandmother told you to gargle with salt water, she knew what she was talking about. Gargling with salt water isn’t an old wives tale-it’s about one of the closest to a cures for a sore throat you can get.
When our throats hurt, regardless of what causes it, it’s because the cells in the mucous membranes have become swollen and inflamed. By gargling with salt water you decrease the swelling, as salts primary function is to draw out water, which in turn shrinks the swollen cell and eases the pain. It also helps wash away the excess mucous and allows your stuffy nose (if you have one) to drain properly.
Raw carrots can aggravate the irritation and pain; hence, they should be first boiled to make them soft and then eaten. In this way you can enjoy the benefits of all the various nutrients present in carrots including fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K
3.Scrambled Eggs or Egg Whites. Easy to digest bland proteins, scrambled eggs or egg white helps in dealing with inflammation and the pain of sore throat. However, make sure you do not load the dish with spices as it can worsen the pain.
4.Bananas. A non-acidic fruit, banana is a soft fruit that is gentle on your throat. It is quite easy to swallow, especially when you have a sore throat. Along with this, this low glycemic index food is also rich in vitamins, B6, potassium, and of course, vitamin C.
Mayo Clinic recommends eating honey while having sore throat as it helps in soothing away the pain associated with sore throat by coating the throat. Honey can be added to hot tea or oatmeal or can be eaten with any other food.
6.Chicken Soup. An age-old remedy for fighting sore throats, a hot bowl of chicken soup beats antibiotics. Chicken soup has mild anti-inflammation properties and helps in relieving congestion by limiting the viruses that come in contact with mucus membranes. Make your chicken soup full of nutrient-rich carrots, onions, celery, turnips, sweet potatoes and garlic, all of which are known for their nutritional benefits and healing powers.
One of the most common symptoms of sore throat is difficulty in swallowing, which makes eating anything very difficult. This is when soft, cooked oatmeal comes handy. Oatmeal is also full of nutrients such as fiber, folate, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. You can also add banana or honey to oatmeal.