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Cold and flu season is upon us so here are some good old fashioned home remedy standbys for sore throats. ;-)
By Deeli from Richland, WA
The solution I will propose will look very odd, but it works every time. A sore throat is an "inflammatory state of the throat". To calm it down, you must not put on any scarf, turtle neck, or any other warm device which increase the heat. Instead, wrap around the neck a towel dipped into cold water (not icy water, just cold from the tap).
When the towel gets warm, dip it again in cold water. The aim is to keep the neck cold (only the neck). Keep on doing this for at least 15 minutes. The soreness should decrease and even disappear.
Do not take any antibiotic, but do take two soft gel caps of oregano, a powerful, natural antibiotic, per day for 4 to 5 days.
My son, who has allergies, often had a sore throat. Each time I did that solution, it worked every time, without any side effects, not even a cold!
To facilitate the wrapping of the towel around the neck and to avoid dripping of water along the chest, my son would lay down on his back on the kitchen table, with another dry towel under his head to catch any dripping.
Source: "old time" solution from people in the French countryside
By Olga from Miallet, France
The one sore throat remedy my family swears by is to drink 1 cup of hot cocoa with 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper sprinkled on top. Works great for us! You can repeat every two or three hours, if needed. Hope it helps.
By Harried1 from WV
Use 1 tablespoon vinegar to 8 oz. glass of warm water for a sore throat. Gargle every hour and swallow after gargling, with 2 mouthfuls.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
For a great sore throat remedy that tastes better than old fashioned remedies, take one of your most used cough drops or lozenges and a cup of orange juice or tea (you can sweeten the tea if desired). Put the cough drop in the tea or OJ and heat in microwave for about 30 seconds. Times vary, so be careful. But with this remedy if you use orange juice you get a bit of Vitamin C as well, and for me it is preferred over the tea. Hope you feel better!
This remedy was given to me by an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor. To get immediate relief of a sore throat, eat Fritos Corn chips and eat popsicles. You cannot gargle enough to reach all the way down the throat that is sore.
For years, all I have used to cure a sore throat is to mix 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a tepid glass of water, then gargle with it. Do this once an hour until the pain is gone. It doesn't take long.
If you have a sore throat try eating something with garlic and it could help give you relief very quickly. Garlic has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties to it so it really does help. By Robin
I am an advocate of home remedies whenever appropriate, and in particular am on the lookout for recipes that treat common cold symptoms as the seasons start to change.
Heat up 1 cup of Coca Cola in a coffee cup. Squeeze in half a lemon, then drink it. Soothes your sore throat.
Take several cloves of fresh garlic. Place the garlic in a blender with the juice of half a lemon. Blend until smooth. Add 1 cup raw honey and blend again. Take 1 teaspoon dose for sore throat, or strain through a cheesecloth and bottle for later use. By Suzanne S.
My throat is irritated due to a cold, yet because I take prescription meds I didn't want to take more meds if I could help it.
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My husband's dangly thing in the back of this throat is longer than normal and starting to curl up it seems like. It just started bothering him about 4 days ago, his throat is really hurting him, does the dangly thing have anything to do with it? If it does, what should i do for him? Could it be strep throat?
He should go and see a doctor for advice and medication if needed.
Strep is nothing to fool around with and can cause secondary infections. Please go have it checked out.
Susan from ThriftyFun
usually when you get an infection the epigladus gets bigger because it trying to absorb the infection, normally when it is strep you have pocket or pockets on the back , to the side,of the throat. If he has had this for 3 or 4 days already and the epigladus has gotten larger, I would go to the doctor, chances are he needs an antibiotic to clear up the infection..Some other ways of knowing if it is an infection, usually the person will run a fever, BUT.. that also depends on the individual. Better just to see the doctor to be on the safe side. If left untreated it can lead to other illnesses.
The dangly thing is called the epiglotis, it can become inflamed from eating certain foods. However, strep can only be determined by having a throat culture done. If the culture comes back positive for strep, then the Dr. will prescribe a course of antibiotics. He must go to a Dr. ! Do not try and self diagnose as strep is nothing to mess around with and if left untreated can ultimately affect the heart and kidneys. Not to mention the fact that he is meanwhile passing the germ along to you and others. Also, if you have children, you might want to have them checked out too, as many times children can be carriers of the strep germ but not show any symptoms.
This response was not meant to sound like medical advice, nor a scare tactic.
Not that it's that important, but the epiglottis is actually the membrane that covers your windpipe so that food/liquid don't go "down the wrong pipe" when swallowing. The dangly thing is called the uvula. It does curl up to protect nasal passages or when you say "ahhh". Strep usually has a nasty odor and tonsils and/or back part of the throat appear to have white bloches. Definately get it checked out. Strep isn't anything to screw around with and once you start meds you are no longer contagious w/in 24 hrs. (and usually feeling much better). Go to a med center or doc. -- Better safe than sorry.....
Sounds like mono to me. That's what happens with mono, that epigladus gets bigger. They can do a blood test at the doctor's office to determine if it's mono. Sore throat, tired, etc.
1. Never ask for medical advice on a forum for saving money. 2. A doctor should be seen if there is no improvement. We get sick and the body fights it off. If there is no improvement it leads doctors to think it is bacterial instead of viral. Anti"biotics" can be used to then fight the infection. 5 days without medicine and you should be seeing improvement. Strep is contagious for up to 21 days but your body can fight it off. As a side note...Tylenol works for a fever...but by reducing fever you stop some of the immune systems ability to fight infection. Now I'm not saying not to take Tylenol because you feel like garbage but you do prolong healing. Sorethroats can be caused from several things: Allergies, Viral Infections, Bacterial Infections, or just cold weather stimulating excessive post nasal drip. Sorethroats with a fever and exudate can stear you toward strep but the only conclusive test is a rapid strep followed by culture. Ceceh is correct in that strep is no longer contagious after 24 hours on antibiotics. I suggest giving it one more day, try some warm saltwater rinses and if there is still no improvement then see a doctor. NOT the ER...It's not an emergency. Rapid streps are done quicker in an office and it's a lot cheaper. Keep to soft foods...BRAT (Banana's, Rice, Apples, and Toast) diet and throw some beans in for protein. Nothing to irritate the throat.
Mine does that when I get tonsilitis. Either need to be treated with antibiotics. If he doesn't have time to go to the doctor, he can go to one of the first aid stations. They even have them in some Walgreens now. You get tested, and get meds all in one stop and insurance covered ours.
I will start from beginning, I woke from sleep on Sunday and I felt as if I was having mucus in my throat. My ears were clogged on the third day. My nose is even clogged, but my ears were more clogged. Now it's the 5 day and I can feel that the right side of my throat is painful and that my right ear is even clogged. I have gargled, but that's not working. I can feel popping sounds and as I swallow a drink, eat, or talk it is hurting. One more thing, today, the 5th day, I saw a sore on my upper lip that's on the left side. It is not very big, it's very small.
I would use an antihistamine to unclog your ears. Use just enough to unclog them, not too much or it will dry out your mucous membranes.
For your nose, use nasal saline, at the drugstore or Walmart. It is cheap and you can use the generic. Use it until it goes all the way through. It will go in your throat and taste salty. Keep clearing your nose with it.
For your throat, use a numbing throat spray such as generic Chloraseptic. Or, use numbing lozenges such as generic Cepacol.
If you get a chill, your body temperature is too high. Take a fever reducer such as generic Tylenol or ibuprofen. Try not to take these unless you have a chill, since it could make you sick to your stomach.
One more thing I forgot to put in my answer below: Don't blow your nose until you've used the saline to get the stuff in your nose really fluid and watery. Blowing a clogged nose causes your sinus lining to swell up and this will clog it even more. So no hard blowing, just gentle blowing, and if nothing comes out you need more saline.
I'd say see a Doctor soon. Don't risk ending up with burst eardrums and hearing loss, it's never worth it.
Marg from England.
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Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
I always do this. One time I had a really bad sore throat, and since I don't like taking medications, I asked my grandma what I should do. She told me to take vinegar and honey. It worked and I still use this today. (09/10/2010)
I have a sore throat; does anyone have any remedies? It's really sore when I swallow please. Please help.
By lulu xx from a place
I would suggest taking a painkiller containing ibuprofen! Their anti inflammatory effect will help your throat, I promise.
Take as many as the package says; usually 400 mg 3 times daily. This is so that you will be able to swallow anything.
Next: drink warm drinks, like honey water. Honey is also an antiseptic which can help your throat too.
I think I also read on these boards to gargle with Listerine, since it is antiseptic. It doesn't hurt to try I guess!
You seldom need antibiotics, since only 50% of throat infections are caused by bacteria, the rest are caused by viruses on which antibiotics wil NOT help. If you are not feeling better within a week; THEN go see the doctor! (01/20/2010)
Yes, I got just the thing. Make up a solution of 10% apple cider vinegar and water. Put it in a dropper bottle or something with a dropper. Then start out putting 3 drops on the very back of your tongue and swallow a number of times. When you can't taste it anymore, do it again. You can do this every time it hurts and don't drink anything for a bit, cause you want the vinegar to get way down there.
Then you can tip your head back and put one drop in each nostril, DO NOT sniff. Pinch and rub nose to spread the solution. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then sniff very gently and slowly. You will taste it as it goes down the back of your throat. This is from candida. It colonizes in the sinus', then drips down ur throat and colonizes there. After a bit, you have a cold or sinus infection. The vinegar kills the candida. As time goes on, you can increase the amount of vinegar till it's maybe 50%. The 10% is made by taking maybe 1 tsp. of vinegar and 9 tsp. of filtered water, don't use tap water. Done this for a while now, it works. (01/21/2010)
By c t
After trying lozenges and pain killers, the best thing I've foundd is gargling with salt and warm water - a teaspoon of salt to a glass of water. It's old-fashioned, but it works and you can do it several times a day. (01/21/2010)
By Lady Bee
If the sore throat is from drainage from a stuffy nose, you might want to not only gargle the salt water, but also rinse your nose out with it. The solution should also have some baking soda added. It kills germs, reduces swelling, and rinses out the junk. Someone suggested here on TF recently using a pull-up top water bottle as a cheap "neti pot" for rinsing the nose.
A quick web search will show many sites with the recipe -- here's one: http://www.westom.com/coolsite/nose_buffered_hypertonic_saline_solution.htm (01/22/2010)
Hi I use plain white vinegar to gargle with. Don't swallow it. Best to you (01/22/2010)
How can I get rid of a sore throat fast?
Gargle with salt and warm /hot water several times a day. It works like a charm. (09/20/2009)
One and a half cups water and add one fourth cup hydrogen peroxide to it and stir. Gargle and swish around mouth all of the mixture. Do not swallow and then rinse mouth with clear water afterward.
Do once in the morning and then again in the evening. You'll see a white coating on tongue and around tonsils after the gargling, but the rinse water will remove that. Between the a.m. and p.m. gargling you might use salt water or Listerine. (09/20/2009)
I don't do yoga, but years ago someone told me to try this one yoga position for sore throats and it works for me. It looks rather silly though. The Lion, video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqHn0n_1O7A
Sometimes I drink hot water with fresh lemon juice in it to make like a lemon tea. (09/20/2009)
There are plenty of remedies, but if the sore throat persists it may be a strep throat and you should see a doctor for treatment. (09/21/2009)
This article was just on TipNut today:
Also, good advice from foxrun41 below. (09/21/2009)
A few drops of Tea Tree Oil in 1/2 cup of warm water. Not hot. Gargle with this in a.m. and afternoon, then evening. I made this up when I forgot my Tea Tree and Golden Seal Throat Spray that a friend of mine who sings uses when he has a sore throat. If it lasts longer than 2 - 3 days, go see a MD. Get better soon. (09/22/2009)
Drinking hot liquids might make a sore throat feel better for a while, but actually prolong it. Drinking your liquids cold helps to reduce the inflammation. (09/22/2009)
If it's not convenient to gargle with salt water, try eating salty pretzels. Did this by accident years ago, and remember how it worked. This is great for kids who can't gargle. (09/22/2009)
I find most of my sore throats these days are from sinus drainage. I immediately take benadryl (pill form) and it is gone. If it persists, see a doctor. (09/22/2009)
I squeeze the juice of one lemon and then add the same amount of both whiskey and honey and then swallow a spoonful every few hours. For years I had constant sore throats and mostly ate boxes of cough drops which never helped cure them. After I read about the lemon, whiskey, and honey, I only had to use it twice and have never had another sore throat. I've always assumed that the honey, whiskey, and lemon juice might have killed a dormant germ that I had been carrying around in my tonsils for years. (10/21/2009)
I always use these throat lozenges from Wal-Mart. They are zinc oxide and will cure a cold or sore throat really fast. They are called Cold Eze and cost about $4.00. They are cherry flavored, so they taste good as well. (10/22/2009)
By Stormy Seas
Tips to help relieve a sore throat. Post your ideas.
Tips to help relieve a sore throat. Post your ideas.