Coping With a Sore Throat
If you have strep throat or other illnesses that make your throat soar, every time you swallow it probably feels like you are swallowing a hand full of razor blades. If you can hang in there and try and ignore it, the pain usually subsides after 2-3 days, but those days can be very intolerable.
There are a few things you can do to help reduce the pain.
1) Chloraseptic spray
The first thing you can do and will help greatly is chloraseptic spray. It has some anesthetic properties that make your throat go a bit numb. I recommend taking a few sprays before bed then again when you wake up in the morning. It really helps with that night time soar throat.
Ibuprofin is an anti inflammatory that is found in Advil and Motrin pain killers. Take 400mg of Ibuprofin every 4-6 hours and you should notice a bit of relief.
3) Tylenol 3 with Codeine
You will need to pay a visit to your doctor to get T3's but they are well worth it. The codeine really helps take away the pain but be aware that codeine is hard on your liver and is also a Narcotic. If you have addiction problems, T3's are probably not the right answer.
4) Gargle with Salt Water
If you can't get out of the house to get any of the above items, you can also mix some warm water with some table salt and gargle with it. Do this 3-4 times a day and it will help you recover from the pain faster.
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