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What cures sore throat?

Asked by Shuichi (316points) June 15th, 2010

HELP! I’m going to San Francisco in 4 days as a graduation gift and I think I caught it D: What are some good things to eat and drink so I can get cured quick? Vitamins? Sleep?

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lillycoyote's avatar

Try warm salt water gargles, aspirin or hot tea and honey. Something that will sooth your throat. There is also an herbal tea, Throat Coat that sometimes works for me. You might give it a try.

hiphiphopflipflapflop's avatar

If it is the common cold virus, it’s your own immune system that will fix the cause of the problem. What you notice are the symptoms. Help your immune system out by getting the necessary vitamins and minerals (important: don’t overdose on those that aren’t water soluble!), drink plenty of fluids, and get at least eight hours sleep a night. There are lots of things you can do to ease the soreness in the meantime. @lillycoyote mentioned some good ones.

I had this a few weeks ago, I would hit up Starbucks at the start of my day for their chai latte, and sucked on honey lemon Ricola droplets like it was going out of style.

lillycoyote's avatar

@hiphiphopflipflapflop Oops! Yeah! I forgot the whole lozenge category. Ricola, good stuff!

cthulette's avatar

Rinsing with warm salt water will help especially if your sore throat is being caused by some sort of a bacterial infection and will help shrink your tonsils if they’re swollen, like coyote said. In addition to the hot tea and honey, mix in a little lemon juice.

Increasing your fluid intake is also very important when overcoming any illness!

If you have a fever, you might want to see a doctor. Sore throats are usually caused by viruses, but if your sore throat is being caused by a bacterial infection your doctor can prescribe antibiotics.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

I drink screwdrivers by the truckload when I’m sick. Not really sure if it helps, but I like to think it does.

cthulette's avatar

Hah! It’s true. Alcohol kills germs and also numbs your throat. It also, unfortunately, dehydrates your body, and staying hydrated is really important when you’re sick.

lillycoyote's avatar

@RealEyesRealizeRealLies and @cthulette No joke, alcohol really can help, not just the way it normally helps. When I had my wisdom teeth out the dentist gave me codeine for the pain but it just wasn’t enough, for the soreness. I made myself hot toddies and that’s the only thing that really helped the pain.

knitfroggy's avatar

Warm salt water works really well. I’ve used that as a gargle since I was a kid. Sucrets lozenges also work, but not for very long. They kind of numb your throat. And of course you could always go with Ricola. I eat those things like candy, even if I’m not sick.

SmashTheState's avatar

I swear by zinc losenges. When I have a cough or a sore throat, zinc losenges never fail to help. Other who have followed my advice report similar success with zinc losenges.

octopussy's avatar

I’ve been using this natural remedy for years, it’s not a great taste but it does the job:
Mix up 1 tablespoon REAL apple cider vinegar, not the flavored kind, try a health food shop & 6–8 ounces of water . Take a tablespoon of the mixture and gargle with it, spitting it out. Immediately take another tablespoon of the mixture, gargle and swallow it. Every hour, take another tablespoon of the mixture, gargle and swallow. This works in about 10 minutes.

partyparty's avatar

Try honey and lemon. This is a good old fashioned remedy which always works for me.

Kraigmo's avatar

Nothing always works perfectly. What’s worked best for me is to burn my throat with the hottest tea I can handle, and lots of it. That seems to kill the germs. Ginger tea would be the best kind, but even very hot water would work.

IsthmusCrypticus's avatar

Ginger tea can also help to relieve some of the pain. My mother used to give it to me growing up and it often helped soothe a sore throat for me.

Another one, and it’ll sound weird, but drinking plenty of water. Im not sure what everyone else thinks, but from my own experiences, drinking plenty of water seems to reduce the pressure i feel at the back of my throat. I guess by using your throat regularly like that, it does begin to dull the level of pain you feel.

And then you’ve got your standard over the counter meds you could take like lozenges but in all honesty, they always seem to work well at making your tongue numb but not necessarily your throat

GeorgeGee's avatar

I dislike medicines when natural things can help. I agree with the ginger tea recommendation; for my own home brew remedy I add honey and a drop or two of chili oil. This hot and spicy drink burns going down, but as a result it numbs my throat and leaves a warm glow. It’s not for everyone and some people can’t tolerate chili oil, but it works better for me than anything else I’ve tried.

Pandora's avatar

All the remedies listed above are great. Bone up on your vitamin C drinking juice or eating fruits as well. The warm salt water rinses really do work. You won’t feel the results instantly but in a day or two you should start to feel better. Make sure you really get it back there. Pinch your throat just above your adams apple when gargling so you don’t swallow it right away and you can get it far back as possible. Do this 3 times a day at least. I usually have about a 6 oz glass and gargle several times till the glass is empty. Usually takes me about a day and a half to two days for me to really feel a difference.

Pandora's avatar

@octopussy Got to give that a try sometime.

Senyoreeta's avatar

Have hot water it will be cured ..

Shuichi's avatar

The trip was a success. Thanks guys.

dkrluvmydogs's avatar

ZICAM Cold Remedy. I use the chewables. It’s the ONLY successful remedy I’ve ever found!.

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