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How to Soothe A Sore Throat

We know - even mild to moderate sore throats can be very painful. That's why we are here to share advice to get you back to feeling like yourself. So rest up and follow these tried and true tips to relieve that pesky sore throat.

Stay hydrated.

Keeping yourself hydrated is essential for your overall health, and it's especially important when dealing with a sore throat. Sipping on warm liquids like herbal teas with honey, broths or a classic chicken noodle soup can help soothe your throat and keep you hydrated at the same time. This also means you should stay away from alcohol and caffeine, as they can both dehydrate you and irritate your throat further.

Gargle with salt water.

This age-old remedy might sound simple, but it's highly effective. Mix a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and gargle it with several times a day. The salt helps to reduce inflammation, loosen mucus and kill bacteria in the throat, providing some much-needed relief for your sore throat.

Use throat lozenges or sprays.

Over-the-counter throat lozenges or sprays can provide temporary relief by numbing the throat and reducing pain. Look for products that contain ingredients like menthol or benzocaine for maximum effectiveness. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging and avoid using them excessively.

Use a humidifier.

Dry air can exacerbate a sore throat, so consider using a humidifier in your bedroom, especially at night. Adding moisture to the air can help soothe your throat and ease congestion, making it easier to breathe. Aim to keep the humidity level between 30-50% for optimal comfort and respiratory health.

Avoid irritants.

Smoke, pollution and other airborne irritants can make a sore throat feel even worse. If possible, avoid exposure to these triggers and opt for cleaner, fresher air instead. Say no to smoking, and be mindful of strong chemical fumes or allergens that might worsen your symptoms.

Seek medical help when needed.

Most sore throats will go away on their own within a few days. However, if your symptoms persist for more than a week, or if you experience difficulty swallowing, swollen glands or a high fever, it's time to give your doctor a call. You might need antibiotics or other treatments to help with the underlying cause of your sore throat.

These tips are here to help you find relief, but they're not one-size-fits-all. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you. And when in doubt, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. We're here to help you feel your best, one soothing step at a time.


About Odessa Medical Enterprises

We are the office of Dr. Khavar Dar, MD and Janette Ornelas, FNP-C, providing pulmonary, critical care and primary care to patients in Odessa, TX. At Odessa Medical Enterprises, we believe that compassion is crucial for effective treatment. Together, we consider it our mission to serve our community and beyond with the utmost care.


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