How to Soothe a Sore Throat


sore throatSore throats are irritating and annoying, no matter how bad they are. The most common type of sore throat is called pharyngitis and usually occurs alongside a cold or flu virus. Allergies are another common cause of throat irritation.

A sore throat is pretty easy to diagnose and treat at home, although it is always a good idea to get a sore throat checked out by a physician in order to rule out bacterial infection or other medical conditions. The tell-tale symptoms of a sore throat include:

  • Pain in your throat
  • Itching in your throat
  • Increased pain when talking or swallowing
  • Inflamed tonsils or glands
  • Voice loss

For at-home treatments, you can try over-the-counter medications such as:

You can also try natural remedies:

  • Gargles:
    • Warm salt water
    • Fresh lemon juice, honey, hot water
    • Ginger, honey water
    • Cayenne pepper, water
  • Drinks:
    • Apple cider vinegar, honey, water
    • Herbal tea (chamomile, licorice root, marshmallow root, peppermint, clove)
  • Raw garlic (eaten, chewed, sucked on)

Unfortunately, even though these home remedies work well, they are only temporary, and if you suffer from allergies, you may be self-treating your sore throat much more often than you’d like. This can become inconvenient and expensive.

For a long-lasting solution, you’ll want to treat the cause of your pain: post nasal drip from allergies. At CT Sinus Center, we have the knowledge and means to do just that. Take the first step toward permanent relief by scheduling an appointment to speak with our expert physicians. When you come in,the first thing we’ll do is talk to you about your symptoms and listen closely to what you have to say. Next, we’ll use the most up-to-date diagnostic tools to find out exactly what is causing your suffering and then how we can end it. You may be eligible for Balloon Sinus Dilation, which will reshape your nasal passages, promoting draining and natural healing and consequently, relieving post nasal drip. Or perhaps you are a better candidate for Turbinate Reductions, in which the tissue in the nose that supports the nasal passages is decreased, quickly increasing airflow and reducing post nasal drip.

Call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of our four conveniently-located offices, and let us permanently soothe your itchy, sore throat.

For more information on sinus– and allergy-related conditions and treatments, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blog.

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