Patient Comments: Sore Throat - Home Remedies

What home remedies were helpful with the symptoms of sore throat?

A Doctor's View on 20 Sore Throat Home Remedies

Read the Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

A sore throat can be caused by viral infections like the common cold, the flu, or mumps. Sore throats caused by bacterial infections include diphtheria, tonsillitis, or some STDs. Some toxins (allergens), trauma or injury, or "mechanical causes," for example, breathing through the mouth. Typical symptoms of a sore throat include throat pain, coughing, sneezing, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Home remedies to soothe a sore throat include remedies that are common such as gargling with warm salt water or sucking on throat lozenges; to essential oils, licorice gargles, and slippery elm leaves. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: shanedizzle, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 17

There are different types of sore throats, obviously the poor man's remedy such as salt water and what not helps. But for OTC stuff, things like Mucinex for post nasal drip, and acetaminophen for pain, fevers, and chills, those type of medicines help for viral infections but not for bacterial. You would want penicillin for strep throat or other bacterial infections that are causing a sore throat which can be injected intramuscularly for severe cases or orally.

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Comment from: panamer, 35-44 (Patient) Published: November 04

When I have a sore throat, I drink "hot lemonade” a few times a day, which is the juice of a fresh lemon and hot water.

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Comment from: Reviner, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Well, I got a sore throat when I came home from a trip and it got really bad. I've tried three things: gurgling salt water, drinking tea with honey, and sucking on throat lozenges. I have no idea if my sore throat will be gone quickly, but I can confidently say that gurgling the salt water helped with pain relief.

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Comment from: sorethroatvictim, 19-24 Published: November 04

I gargle salt water when I have a sore throat. I add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.

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Comment from: Dr Paul, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 13

Simple, just lots of fluids and honey will do the job, no need to spend money on visiting a clinic unless you know it's not viral.

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