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How to cure a sore throat

A sore throat can cause symptoms such as burning in the throat, dry and irritative cough and difficulty swallowing and can be caused by prolonged exposure to cold or illnesses like flu or tonsillitis.

An inflamed throat can be treated with home remedies such as gargling with warm water and salt, however, if inflammation and pain do not go away and you notice the presence of pus in your throat, it is important to see a doctor and start treatment, which can be done with remedies for an inflamed throat, such as Ibuprofen, or antibiotics such as penicillin.

How to cure a sore throat

What to do to cure a sore throat

Initially you should avoid straining your voice and rest for 3 days if there is a fever. When there is a fever, the throat is infected, so it is important not to go to work or go to school in the case of children, in order to increase the defenses of the body and treat the inflammation and sore throat.

Some home remedies for a sore throat are:

1. Gargle with warm water and salt

A salt water solution has antimicrobial properties that can help eliminate microorganisms from the throat, reducing symptoms. To prepare the solution, add a tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and mix well until dissolved. See other gargle recipes for sore throats.

2. Take lemon tea with honey and ginger

A great home remedy for sore throat is honey, lemon and ginger tea, which should be taken 2 times a day. This remedy has antibacterial properties and is rich in vitamin C, which strengthens the body's natural defenses.

To make this tea, just add to 1 cup of boiling water, 1 sliced lemon and 1 cm of ginger, waiting about 15 minutes, then strain and sweeten with honey.

3. Take mauve, salvia or marsh-mallow tea

These plants have anti-inflammatory properties and lubricate the throat, relieving symptoms. To make this tea, simply add 1 tablespoon of the chosen herb in 1 cup of boiling water, let it stand for 15 minutes and then strain and drink.

4. Taking Strawberry Vitamin with Honey

Strawberry has vitamin C, which helps boost the body's defenses and honey lubricates the throat, helping to reduce pain and inflammation. To make this vitamin you should mix in the blender 1 glass of milk and 6 strawberries, then add 1 tablespoon of honey.

When you have a sore throat you should eat foods in a liquid or pasty form, such as soups, broths or fruit puree, which reduces pain and discomfort when swallowing and avoid drinking cold foods.

Sore throat symptoms

Some sore throat symptoms can be:

  • Throat discomfort;
  • Dry and irritating cough;
  • Sore throat when swallowing or speaking;
  • Very red and swollen throat;
  • Fever below 38.3 ° C if there is a throat infection by a virus;
  • High fever, greater than 38.3ºC, if the infection is bacterial;
  • Bad breath and swollen lymph nodes  in the neck.
How to cure a sore throat

A sore throat can be caused by flu, cold, tonsillitis, laryngitis or pharyngitis. Other possible causes of sore throat may be throat irritation from inhalation of toxic substances, over consumption of alcoholic beverages or reflux of food into the throat.

Generally, with sore throat remedies prescribed by a doctor and these home measures, the inflammation of the throat passes in 3 days.

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