Friday, February 17, 2012

6 proven tips on how to cure sore throat

sore throat or throat pain is a common physical symptom usually caused by acute pharyngitis, or throat inflammation, though it also occurs in a number of other situations, such as post trauma and in diphtheria. It can cause mild to extreme pain.

Below are  proven home remedies for sore throat

1. Gargle with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and relieve discomfort:
Gargle at least once each hour with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt dissolved in 8 fl oz (240 mL) of warm water.
If you have postnasal drip, gargle often to prevent more throat irritation.

    2  Drink a lot of fluids

    Fluids may help thin secretions and soothe an irritated throat. Hot fluids, such as tea or soup, may help decrease throat irritation. drinking lots of fluids is one of the best home remedy for sore throat

    3. Use a vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom.

    Warm or cool mist may help you feel more comfortable by soothing the swollen air passages. It may also relieve hoarseness. But don't let your room become uncomfortably cold or very damp.

      4. Do not smoke or use other tobacco products and avoid secondhand smoke
      - smoking can cause severe sore throat

      5. Consider taking nonprescription medicine for your symptoms.

      Use nonprescription throat lozenges.

          * Use a decongestant.
          • Decongestants helps sore throat by making breathing easier by shrinking swollen mucous membranes in the nose, allowing air to pass through. They also help relieve a runny nose and postnasal drip, which can cause a sore throat.

          6. Try a nonprescription medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
           * Acetaminophen such as Tylenol

           * Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

          Safety Tips

          Carefully read and follow all directions on the medicine bottle and box.
          Do not take more than the recommended dose.
          Do not take a medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.
          If you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take it.
          If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
          Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.


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