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Best remedies for a sore throat?

Asked by emilyrose (2253 points ) July 23rd, 2008

Wondering if any of you have a secret I’ve never heard of aside from the usual: tea, soup, salt water gargle

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marinelife's avatar

OK, this is weird, but I love the feeling of the bubbles in diet pepsi on my throat when it is raw.

scamp's avatar

Add a little peroxide to your salt water gargle. Our family doctor told us to do this, and it worked very well. Two teaspoons to a glass with a half teaspoon of salt is what he suggested.

gailcalled's avatar

Honey and lemon in tea…at bedtime perhaps a jigger of rum in the honey-lemon-tea. And the OTC lozenges or hard candy will give you some relief. Chicken soup, of course, but I think that it is the warmth of the broth that soothes- or perhaps if you can get Grandma to deliver it, she will help.

poofandmook's avatar

@Marina: I do the same thing; my father, who is now a nurse, used to yell at me for it lol

emilyrose's avatar

@scamp—- what if I accidentally swallow the peroxide? I am known to be clumsy : )

emt333's avatar

hot tea with lemon and honey is best.

ljs22's avatar

I usually take an ibuprofen, figuring that perhaps the tissue in the throat is inflamed. It helps.

scamp's avatar

@emilyrose it’s such a small amount, swallowing a little won’t hurt you. Just don’t drink it, lol

PupnTaco's avatar

1. Antibiotics

2. Warm whiskey with honey & lemon

arnbev959's avatar

Not aside from the usual, already mentioned, but here: Celestial Seasons Wellness Tea with raw (regular) honey. It works.

shilolo's avatar

No to antibiotics, no to hydrogen peroxide (dangerous and unproven), yes to soothing remedies…

loser's avatar

Beer. The cold makes my throat feel better and after a few, I don’t care if my throat hurts anymore.

ninjaxmarc's avatar

tea, honey, lemon elixir

marinelife's avatar

@emilyrose Listen to the doctor (shilolo).

heysupnm's avatar

this works every time for me:

-drink massive amounts of water (about one bottle every 3 hours)
-occasionally drink hot water with lots of honey
-drink more water
-use the bathroom as many times necessary (helps flush out toxins)
-use Listerine about 3 times daily
-drink more water
-drink some tea
-your sore throat will be gone in a day!

(every time i felt a slight sore throat coming i used this method and i have never been sick for many many years! if it gets serious then see a doctor as others have mentioned but as a rule i try to avoid heavy medicine and chemical cocktails if you know what i mean)

WakeUp's avatar

Slippery Elm Bark. It is a mucilaginous herb that has an anise odor and acts as a surrogate mucus when brewed into tea. (Not as disgusting as it sounds) You can buy prepared in tea bags, or get the raw herb yourself and make your own concoction.

Lua_cara's avatar

Cinnamon is regarded as an effective remedy for a sore throat resulting from a cold. One teaspoon of coarsely powdered cinnamon, boiled in a glass of water with a pinch of pepper powder, and two teaspoons of honey can be taken as a medicine in the treatment of this condition. Two or three drops of cinnamon oil, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, also give immense relief

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