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what helps sore throats?

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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Sore Throat: The best treatment for a site throat depends on the cause of the sore throat. If you have strep, you need an antibiotic. If you have a virus, you need hydration, rest, and symptom control. Another cause of sore throats is post nasal drip from allergies. Gargling with warm salt water can help some with all of them.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's good for sore throats ?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lots of things: Try gargling salt water. Take pain relievers. Suck on lozenges, i like cepacol maximum strength. If it's severe or prongued, see a doctor in case the infection needs treatment.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Need expert advice. What household objects/foods help sore throats?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tips: Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amt of lemon juice helps.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me a good drink to help with sore throats?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throat: Boil freshly sliced, peeled ginger root in water until the tea is tan. Add 3 tbsp of honey. Sip to help relieve sore throat pain and to accelerate healing of laryngitis. * try adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Please explain why does chili help sore throats?

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Dr. Mark Wein
Dr. Mark Wein answered
Family Medicine 29 years experience
May mask the pain: Chili will not help cure a sore throat but the heat or spice may mask the discomfort.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me more about sore throats. Help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throats due: To infection could be related to viral, bacterial or fungal infections. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications.

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