I remember as a child having sore throats often. I dreaded them, because I seemingly could not eat or drink without discomfort. I recall going to the doctor for it as a child. I remember the doctor saying if the sore throats continued, I would need to have my tonsils taken out. I thought to myself, I do not want to have them taken out. I prayed not to have them taken out.
I recall observing that I would get a sore throat most of the time after eating hot stuff. I used to love the hot candy toothpicks, hot candy, or just putting hot sauce on a many of my foods. So I started and stopped eating hot stuff and observed I would get a sore throat usually after I started using hot sauce or eating hot or cinnamon candy. The bad part about this is that I love cinnamon hot candy. Seems like the things I really liked were not good for me. Has that been the case with you? I also observed that during really cold weather if I did not wear a scarf around my neck, I would tend to get a sore throat. So I started taking heed of my personal observations.
It is helpful to know the cause or the source of your sore throat. Sometimes, no matter what you do or don’t do you will inevitably suffer a sore throat. So what can you do when you get it?
Gargling with Salt and Water
I have found that gargling with salt and water has helped me tremendously. According to the Mayo Clinic Staff gargling with salt water using ¼ of ½ teaspoon of salt in an 8-ounce glass of water is helpful to a sore or scratchy throat.
Sucrets Throat Lozenges
I remember sucking cherry Sucrets when I had a sore throat. They always seemed to relieve my throat pain.
WedMd.com talks about using decongestants because they may help make breathing easier and stop postnasal drip. Postnasal drip has also contributed to my sore throats in the past. I would want to blow my nose, but seemingly it would drain down my throat as oppose to coming out when I blow. When that happens, it is very frustrating.
It is important to not get dehydrated. Sometimes this is not as easy as it seems. So for that reason drink plenty of water and juices. WebMD also suggests that dehydration can range from mild to severe, from being thirsty more than normal to being weak or too dizzy to stand. I also know that drinking warm tea with honey and lemon is quite soothing to the throat.
Finally, you might discover that you have strep throat like I did one day. I had white patches all along both sides of my throat. My neck was very stiff, I could not turn it. When I went to the doctor he diagnosed it as strep throat. In cases like that, you will need an antibiotic. Strep throat is nothing to play with and it is no fun having it. I recall missing a few days of work because of the strep throat too.