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, sores in your mouth, or severe pain that doesn’t improve in a few days.
- Drink lots of liquids: Staying well hydrated helps keep mucus thin and easy to clear.
- Gargle with warm salt water: Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces 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.
- Avoid air pollutants: Don’t smoke. Avoid smoke-filled rooms and fumes from household cleaners or paint.