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Tips To Help You Treat And Prevent A Sore Throat

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A sore throat is one of the more uncomfortable symptoms you can suffer with when you are sick with a virus, bacterial infection, or dealing with allergies. Fortunately, depending on the cause of the sore throat, you can seek treatment for it. Here are some at-home treatments, how to tell when you should see your doctor for care, and how to prevent getting a sore throat in the future.

Home Treatments

When you wake up in the morning with a sore throat, there could be many conditions that are causing the soreness. If you have been told you suffer from snoring while you sleep, this could be the cause of your sore throat. Allergies or a runny nose that is running down the back of your throat may also be the cause of your sore throat. For either of these conditions, you can warm some water in a cup, then add a spoonful of honey to the water. Stir to mix and drink it. The honey has analgesic properties to reduce and ease the soreness in your throat.

You can also try gargling some salt water made by combining a spoonful of salt in a glass of warm water, stirred to dissolve the salt. The salt can reduce swelling in your throat by pulling excess moisture from the interior of your throat. You can continue gargling with this salt solution throughout the day.

Apple cider vinegar is also a great natural remedy to help your sore throat feel better. The acetic acid neutralizes the germs and bacteria in your throat to help reduce the pain.

Professional Care

There are times when you will need to see your family doctor for treatment of the condition causing your sore throat; otherwise, it will not improve, and you can end up severely ill. Often a sore throat can be caused by a bacteria instead of a virus, and you will need antibiotics to treat the illness. Such illnesses include scarlet fever, strep throat, tonsillitis, measles, chickenpox, and mononucleosis, commonly referred to as mono.

Fortunately, there are some other symptoms you can look for as signs you need to go to a doctor right away. If you are experiencing a high fever and chills, a headache, a visibly red throat or pus on one or both of your tonsils, you should see a doctor for treatment. Other symptoms include nausea and vomiting with the onset of your sore throat, or the appearance of a red, rough rash on your skin. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and make any necessary tests to determine what bacteria you have and prescribe antibiotics when necessary.

Prevention Practices

Prevention of a sore throat when you become ill from a virus or bacteria is a practice, because you should continually work on and practice the habits that will help you stay well. Don't share food, drinks, or utensils with others, whether or not you think they may be sick. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, when you come home from a public place, or after shaking hands with others. Carry hand sanitizer with you on a key chain or in your bag to use when you can't wash your hands. Then, avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth, which are easy-access areas for bacteria and viruses to invade your body.

Once you learn these habits, try to be aware of them all the time, and soon they will become a habit. In fact, it takes, on average, a person completing the same activity for 21 days to form a habit, so keep at it. Depending on the complexity of the habit, it can take longer than 21 days, but a more simple habit, such as washing your hands after using the bathroom, can take approximately 21 days.

For more information, contact a primary care physician at a medical facility like Rural Health Services Consortium Inc.