From its warm, amber color to its thick, syrupy consistency, and mild, sweet taste honey is nature’s sore throat remedy. Honey boasts a range of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.1
10 Remedies to Soothe Your Sore Throat Pain
A sore throat is often the first sign that you are coming down with a cold or the flu.
A sore throat is an inflammation at the back of throat and surrounding area, known as the pharynx. That inflammation leads to common sore throat symptoms like scratchiness, pain, swelling, and discomfort.
Acting fast when you notice that first telltale tingle or twinge of pain might help keep your sore throat symptoms to a minimum. If your sore throat has quickly taken on a life of its own, don’t worry. There are plenty of over-the-counter medicines for sore throat – some of them already in your kitchen cupboard or medicine cabinet – ready to help ease the pain and scratchiness.
Keep reading for 10 remedies for sore throat ready to ease your pain.
As a precaution, children under 1 year of age should not consume honey due to susceptibility to a toxin it may contain.2
- Saltwater Gargle
- Baking Soda Gargle
Run the humidifier at night while you sleep to keep the room moisturized while your body rests and works to heal itself.
- Over-the-Counter Remedies
- Medicated Drops
- Sore Throat Sprays
VapoCOOL™ Sore Throat Lozenges contain benzocaine to numb sore throat pain and the cooling sensation of menthol to ease that painful sensation.
- Multi-Symptom Relief Liquids and LiquiCaps™
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