Many factors can cause a sore throat ranging from air pollution to upper respiratory infections to talking too loudly or even inhaling second hand cigarette smoke. However, most common causes of sore throats are cold and flu viruses. These microbes make a home in your respiratory system causing irritation, pain and inflammation. Because we need our throat for so many things, here are some strategies and easy ways to get rid of sore throat fast, overnight.
1. Honey for sore throat
Drink a glass of hot water mixed with some honey. Honey is naturally antibacterial and fights the germs that cause respiratory infections. The sweet, thick liquid also coats your throat and tongue to give temporary relief from pain. You can also add a teaspoon of honey to your hot tea. Drink honey lemon and ginger tea 3-4 times a day.
2. Suck on lozenges
Lozenges or hard candy can help you keep your throat moist allowing the natural antibodies in your saliva to heal inflamed tissues of the throat. You can also use medicated lozenges that are readily available over the counter as this sore throat medicine contains a mild anesthetic to give you much needed pain-relief. This is one of the best sore throat remedies for kids.
3. Salt water gargles
Gargling with warm salt water is the best sore throat medicine. To a glass of warm water, add half a teaspoon of salt. Salt is antiseptic and eliminates bacteria while expelling mucous. Gargle at least 3 times a day to get rid of sore throat.
4. Use a Neti pot
Use a neti pot to rinse out the sinuses. This will clear the post-nasal drip and rid your throat of mucus. Fill up the pot with warm saline water and, tilting your head, pour the water through one nostril. Let the water drip out through your throat (you need to close the other nostril with your finger). Repeat the process with the other nostril.
5. Herbal tea for sore throat
Another powerful method of getting rid of a sore throat quickly is to gargle with herbal tea made form herbs like goldenseal, sage or mullein. Steep the herb of your choice in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Use the warm tea to gargle 3-4 times a day. Gargling with a cool tea made with elder flowers can soothe tonsillitis and throat ache.
6. Drink tons of water
This is a very important home remedy to get rid of sore throat fast. Water helps moisturize the inflamed mucus membranes and also pushes it down. This helps the body eliminate phlegm through urine etc. So drink at least 8 full glasses of water every day, more if possible.
Like honey, turmeric is antibacterial and antiseptic. It also is anti-inflammatory. Take some warm milk and turmeric powder mixed together. Sweeten this up with honey if you like. Drinking a glass of turmeric milk at bedtime can relieve pain and heal infection. You can also take turmeric extracts available in pill form. This remedy not only soothes the throat, it can also strengthen the natural immunity. Also gargle with warm water mixed with turmeric and salt. Hot tea for sore throat made with ginger, turmeric and honey can also help.
Garlic is one of the best foods and natural sore throat medicine. It contains allicin which is a natural antibiotic. Eat raw or cooked garlic or add roasted garlic to your recipes.
9. Chicken soup
Drink a bowl of hot chicken soup made using plenty of garlic and pepper. These herbs and spices have an analgesic action that relieves pain and inflammation. If you are wondering what to drink to make your throat better, this is it.
10. Homeopathic remedies for sore throat
If your throat is red and swollen, take a few pellets of Belladonna 6C or 12 C potency every 3 hours.. For that ‘fishbone stuck in throat feeling’ take 6 or 30C potency Hepar Sulfur. Consult a homeopath first.
11. Steam inhalation
Boil water in a steamer and covering your head with a sheet or towel, inhale the vapors from its spout. This remedy relieves nasal congestion and prevents post-nasal drip. You can also add some essential oils to the water (eucalyptus, tea tree or peppermint etc) which are cooling and soothing to the throat.
12. Throw away your toothbrush
Chronic throat pain could indicate that it is time to replace your toothbrush with a new one. Toothbrushes accumulate bacteria over time, so change it every few days.
13. Change your drugs
Certain drugs can cause dryness of throat followed by pain. Talk to your doctor about changing such medicines.
If your sore throat does not clear after a week’s time despite these easy ways, see your doctor.