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What Causes a Sore Throat & What You Can Do About It

by ARIEL MOGHADDAM |

Waking up with a scratchy throat often poses a number of questions for the sufferer. Is this the start of a cold or the flu? Allergies? Just thirsty? There are dozens of reasons why you could have a sore throat, and figuring out which one is causing yours just takes a little soothing. Here are just a few of them, and what you can do to bring relief.

Getting Sick

The most obvious reason for a sore throat perhaps, is that it is the beginning of an illness. Many different diseases have sore throat as a symptom, such as strep throat and cold to the flu. If you have accompanying symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and fever, you should be able to tell if it is an illness or not.

If you have a severe sore throat that lasts more than a few days, you should see your doctor.

Allergies

It's easy to confuse allergies with illness, especially before other tale tell symptoms such as fever occur. In general, you know it's allergies if you also have itchy watery eyes, your mucus from blowing your nose is clear, or it shows up only in certain situations.

Injuries

Remember that tortilla chip you swallowed a point of? It may have scratched your throat painfully on the way down, leading to soreness later. You can injure your throat in a variety of ways, from sharp food to eating something that's too hot, to yelling or singing loudly, or even getting hit in the area. It's possible that your throat is sore due to an injury, or from that injury becoming infected.

Natural Remedies for a Sore Throat

Regardless of the cause of your sore throat, many of the same treatments are useful in soothing it. Gargling with salt water for thirty seconds can help relieve sore throat. It works by pulling fluids out of the throat, including virus and bacteria lodged there, and it creates a high salt barrier.

Another method to bring relief is through a throat spray containing bee propolis. Bee propolis has an amazing range of healing properties from being anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral, to speeding healing of the area. No matter what is causing your sore throat, spraying it with bee propolis will not only help with symptoms, but long term healing as well.

Another common home remedy is to mix honey and lemon together. The lemon helps to cut mucus building up in the throat, while the honey coats and soothes.

Of course, if you are allergic to bee products or bee stings, it's best not to try bee propolis or honey to soothe a sore throat. You also shouldn't use bee products for children under the age of one.

Sore throats go hand in hand with a variety of problems, but with these tips you can be well on your way to feeling better. Natural remedies can be a very effective way of dealing with sore throats, and often work just as well or better as the things you will find on the medical aisle.

 

 

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