The sore throat is a symptom of any medical condition. It should not be taken for granted since it can be a precursor of a far more serious condition like whooping cough, measles and chicken pox. The earliest signs of sore throat should be brought to the attention of a physician for appropriate treatments. Here are some of the signs to look out for and remedies to try.
Symptoms of Sore Throats
1. Painful or scratchy throat:
One of the most common symptoms associated with the common cold or flu. But this condition may worsen and may become a symptom of an entirely different medical condition. So, proper assessment is important.
2. Pain and difficulty when swallowing
Pain is a result of swollen tonsils associated with sore throat.
3. White patches or pus on the tonsils
White patches or the presence of pus on the tonsils signal a bacterial or viral infection.
4. Swollen, red tonsils
Swelling and redness is your body’s response to infection.
5. Sore or swollen glands in your neck
Swollen glands are a sign that your body is currently battling an infection or illness.
Home Remedies for Sore Throats
1. Saltwater solution gargle
Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle the solution. You can make it taste better by adding a little sweetener like honey. Saltwater solutions can help loosen clogged mucus and soothe the soreness of the throat by reducing the pain and swelling. It also helps to flush out bacteria and other irritants that may cause the sore throat. Just remember not to swallow it after gargling.
Other sore throats are also caused by dryness on that part. So, sucking on some lozenges will stimulate your body to produce more saliva. Saliva helps to continually moisten the throat and prevents it from drying up. Other lozenges have an analgesic component which is great for very sore throats.
3. More fluids
Fluids help keep the body hydrated and the mucous membranes moist. This condition makes it better for them in fighting off bacteria, viruses and other infections. If you already have a cold, water can help keep the body cool, especially during bouts of fever and they also flush out toxins out of your body. Aim for a light yellow-colored to clear urine as a sign that you are well hydrated.
Teas come in different varieties. They are effective medicines for soothing irritated or sore throats. Some even have antibacterial properties which can help, especially if the sore throat is caused by a bacteria. Teas are also well known for their ability to strengthen the immune system and being a potent antioxidant against free radicals. Tea with cayenne pepper is more effective for sore throat.
The most important remedy of all. The body has an innate ability to ward off infections if it is inits optimum state. But a lack of sleep, poor diet and other unhealthy lifestyle leads to a weakened immune system.
If these remedies do not work, it is best that you have your throat checked by a certified primary care physician for better assessment and evaluation and that proper treatment may be given.