Sore throat soothers – Vital Signs

Sore throat soothers – Vital Signs – Brief Article

It’s nearly impossible to get through winter without at least one miserable bout of sore throat. The hoarse, tender, burning sensation is typically virus-triggered, often indicating the start of a cold or flu. Here’s how to get relief:

Keep your throat moist. Sip tea or broth. Try Chloraseptic Relief Strips ($5; at drugstores), which dissolve on your tongue to release pain-relieving benzocaine and menthol, or Honey Gardens Apiaries Propolis Purple Loosestrife Throat Spray ($12;, a honey blend that decreases inflammation.

Soothe aches and tenderness by applying a warm chamomile poultice to your throat, suggests Eleonore Blaurock-Busch, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colo.-based nutrition counselor. Add one tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers to 1 or 2 cups of boiling water, then steep for 5 minutes and strain. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, wring out the excess and apply the poultice to your throat, inhaling the chamomile’s soothing scent. Remove the cloth when it becomes cold, and repeat as necessary.

If your sore throat is accompanied by headache, stomach pain or fever above 101 degrees, see your doctor, recommends David A. Halperin, M.D., professor of emergency medicine at Indiana University Medical School. New strep-throat tests can deliver results in just an hour, allowing people who have a bacterial infection to get antibiotics on the same day.

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