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Best way to Relieve Sore Throat

General Causes for Sore Throat

Sore throat can be caused due to many reasons. It can be due to common viruses or even sinus drainage. Common Bacteria like streptococcus and arcanobacterium heamolyticum can also cause the sore throat. Sometimes breathing through mouth, usually done because of chronic nasal congestion can lead to sore throat because of soreness and dryness of the throat. Allergies towards molds, pollen and dust can cause a sore throat. Irritants like indoor pollution (smoke of chemicals and tobacco) or outdoor pollution in some cases lead to sore throat. In few other cases, muscle strain, caused when yelling or talking for long periods strain the muscles of the throat and results in sore throat.

Best ways to Relieve Sore Throat

1.One of the best ways to get relieved from sore throat is gargling. The patient has to gargle with salt water. This is the ultimate solution for sore throat.
The excess salt helps in reducing inflammation. Saturated fluids are also drawn less by gargling.

2.Raw honey works like a wonder. One should be careful while using honey .Only raw and pure honey, not the processed or refined honey, should be used.

3.Honeysuckle flower, a sweet tasting herb and a traditional Chinese medicine is most commonly used as a remedy for sore throat. It is available in health food
stores or herbal Chinese stores. Tea is made from one cup of honeysuckle flowers (leaves should not be used) with one quarter of water. The tea is brewed for 8 to 10 minutes, covered. At least 4- 5 cups of the strained tea liquid is recommended.

4.Taking half a leaf of sage along with turmeric (1/8 teaspoon) eliminates the cause itself. It greatly helps in reducing the congestion in the throat.

5.Warm liquids should be taken when the throat is sore as it feels good and gives a speedy recovery. The liquid helps in re-hydrating the dry mucous membranes.
Herbal tea, chicken broth, de-caffeinated coffee or warm water along with some honey can be consumed. Ginger tea is also very effective in treating the sore throat problems.

6.Eating Garlic can give relief form sore throat. Garlic has some unique antiviral and antibacterial elements in it. Garlic pills are available in medical
stores.

7.Ayurvedic or Indian traditional medicine Treatment, Herbal Supplements or Homeopathy can give better results in the treatment of sore throat. But all these
medications should be taken under the expert supervision.




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