Gargle Salt Water to Sooth a Sore Throat

A woman with a glass of salt water preparing to gargle.
Gargling with 8 oz. of warm water to which 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of salt has been added is a classic remedy for a sore throat. It is also very effective at removing the flu virus from the back of your throat where it often multiplies and spreads. Gargle with salt water to sooth a sore throat or if you think you may have a flu virus.

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October 26, 2011

At the first sign of a sore throat, gargle with a warm solution of salt and water. Salt is very healing. Then call the doctor.

If it is strep throat you need to get on antibiotics immediately. My son has had a problem with strep throat all of his life. (He is now 34.) Usually, the doctor will swear on his diploma that it isn't strep. My son has to insist on having a culture. (the test for strep.) It always comes back positive, so if you are concerned that the doctor could be wrong, you might have to push him along.

Salt water has been recommended for generations by doctors.

By hopeful from Salem, OR


October 28, 2011

My mom would have us gargle with warm water to which a teaspoon of table salt was added. We would do this every couple of hours. Also, she would crush an aspirin in a little bit of water on a spoon, so we could swallow it. It also didn't hurt that it had Mom's magic touch.

By Lynda1972 from Kearny, NJ

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