How to get rid of sore throat fast at home in 5 steps

(Last Updated On: November 7, 2015)

It is easier and faster to achieve instant relief if you know how to get rid of sore throat fast at home. For a sore throat caused by common cold or by a virus, home treatment seems to be one of the most effective methods to get instant relief.

Sore throats can be caused by traumatic injury or infections by bacteria or viruses in the throat area. However, sore throats caused by the common influenza virus are the most common. You do not need to take antibiotics for a sore throat caused by a virus except if it is super-imposed by a bacterial infection.

Antibiotics generally do NOT work for viral infections. But the good news is that you can take some practical home remedy steps to cure a sore throat without the need to see a doctor. You will find the following tips helpful.

Non Drug Treatment

Step 1:

Gargle with some warm salt water. Salt water is helpful because it helps relief the pain and swelling, the inflammatory symptoms associated with sore throat. To prepare the salt solution, dissolve 1 tablespoon of salt (about 5g) in 240ml (8 fl oz) glass cup of warm water.

In addition, you can gargle many times of the day with a post nasal drip in order to reduce throat irritation.

Step 2

Take lots of fluid to help thin out your secretions and soothe the sore throat. Hot tea or soups, taken in little sips, can do the magic! However, you should stay away from alcoholic drinks if possible.

 

Step 3

Use a Humidifier in your room. Avoid breathing in dry air as this can further irritate and worsen your swollen air passages. Instead, you need to breathe in warm or cool mist so as to soothe your swollen nasal passages and relieve hoarseness of voice.  However, you must avoid excessive coldness in your room.

Alternatively, if you do not have a humidifier, you can put a flat pan of water in your room in order to moisten the surrounding air by evaporation. Ensure you place the plan in a secure location where nobody will fall into it.

Warning: Avoid smoking completely if you have a sore throat.

 

Non-Prescription Drugs Treatment

Step 4

Use non-prescription throat lozenges to relieve your symptoms. You can as well take advantage of the throat lozenges that have local anesthetic medications embedded in them, which help to numb the throat pain and give you instant relief. The sugar-free lozenges are the best and mostly recommended.

Step 5

Apply a decongestant nasal spray if you suspect you have a stuffy nose. Nasal sprays will help reduce the swollen mucous membrane in the nose and make breathing a lot easier. However, you must bear in mind that, not all nasal decongestants are safe for use in children or people with other known allergic respiratory conditions such as asthma. Please check drug label before you use any drug.

Finally, ensure you rest adequately if you have a sore throat. Usually, most sore throat symptoms caused by the common cold virus will resolve spontaneously within 2-3 days if you eat well, rest and maintain a strong immune system. You need not panic! You should achieve immediate relief if you follow the above 5 steps on how to get rid of sore throat fast at home.

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