Soothing minor sore throat pain
To help relieve a sore throat, try the tips below. However, see your doctor if you’re exposed to strep or have any of these signs or symptoms: fever, nausea, vomiting, swollen neck glands, difficulty breathing or swallowing, tonsils with pus, or severe pain that doesn’t improve in a few days.
• Drink lots of liquids
Being well-hydrated helps keep mucus thin and easy to clear.
• Gargle with warm salt water
Mix about a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water to soothe and help clear your throat of mucus.
• Suck on lozenges or hard candy, or chew sugar-free gum
These products stimulate secretion of saliva, which bathes and cleanses your throat.
• Consider taking pain relievers
Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may temporarily help relieve sore throat pain.
• Rest your voice
If your sore throat involves an inflamed larynx, talking a lot may lead to more irritation and temporary loss of your voice.
• Humidify the air
Adding moisture to the air prevents drying of mucous membranes and the resulting irritation.
• Avoid air pollutants
Don’t smoke. Avoid smoke-filled rooms and fumes from household cleaners or paint.