Where Sore Throats Come From and How to Make Them Go Away

Posted by Lloyd on May 10, 2012
Health

Sooner or later, everybody gets a sore throat. Most result from a virus, such as a cold, flu or sinus infection, that invades the throat.
Air pollution, allergies, tobacco smoke and the dry air of wintertime heating can also bring on sore throats. Sustained shouting can also irritate the throat and cause soreness.

Sore Throat Symptoms

pain when talking or swallowing
throat that looks red all over or in streaks when you open wide and say, “Aahhh”
swollen, tender glands in the upper neck
sometimes, fever, headache and/or earache
To Relieve a Sore Throat

Drink lots of liquids, preferably warm ones, such as soup or herbal tea.
Gargle with warm salt water.
Don’t smoke, and avoid people who do smoke.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease pain and inflammation; do not exceed the prescribed dose.
Suck on throat lozenges or cough drops to keep your throat moist.

Use a vaporizer or humidifier to moisten bedroom air.

If you have fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit, swollen glands in your neck or bright red tonsils that show white spots, or if your sore throat lasts longer than five to seven days, call your doctor for an immediate appointment.

If you cannot swallow liquids or have trouble breathing, call 911 or go to an emergency facility immediately.

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