A sore throat is a side effect of strained vocal chords and can be an indication of something minor like a cold or something more serious like strep throat. Having a sore throat can affect your day greatly as you will be uncomfortable. Sore throat usually comes with a raw burning sensation, swollen glands, laryngitis, hoarseness and light to severe pain. In order to ensure that you don’t experience the side effect, you need to combat it early.
Below are ways to combat a sore throat.
Over the counter lozenge
When you have a sore throat, one of the nearest substance that will ensure you get relief is a lozenge. Lozenges are formulated with active ingredients such as menthol and others which contain anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and other nutrients which help to heal the throat therefore ensuring that you are well.
The menthol itself numbs the tissues around the throat and also helps to increases saliva production therefore keeping your throat lubricated.
Honey contains anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties which help to ensure that pathogens leading to sore throat are eliminated. The anti inflammatory properties help to sooth the inflamed tissues around the throat.
All you need to do is add honey into warm tea and take the mixture early in the morning and during the evening when it cold. Honey also acts as an effective cough suppressant.
ENT Birmingham – Preventing a Sore Throat
Water is life and staying hydrated daily ensures that your body is able to produce enough saliva and mucus that keeps your throat hydrated. According to experts, drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water in a day can help you stay hydrated during the day. All you need is a simple system to ensure that you don’t miss your count of drinking glasses. A simple system is the use of rubber bands. Wrap 6 to 8 rubber bands on your wrist and each time you drink a glass, take off a rubber band.
Gargle warm salt water
Warm salt water helps to pull mucous out of the swollen inflamed tissue around the sore throat. Gargling the warm salt water also help to relieve the discomfort brought about by the sore throat.
Essential oils can be used as steam inhalations therefore directing the vapors to soothe the sore throat. Examples of essential oil to use include tea tree, eucalyptus, sage and rosemary. You can also inhale lavender mixed with steam or you can make a mixture of olive oil and eucalyptus oil then apply it on your chest. Place a heating pad on the area for a few minutes.
Call Shelby Ear Nose and Throat Associates if you’re looking for an ENT Doctor in Birmingham, Shelby County, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera or Hoover at (205) 621-8900.