U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 49-year-old member asked:

can warm liquid drinks help a sore throat?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Some: 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. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
Consider making tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. Consider Tylenol or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
May 25, 2013
Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Sometimes: They can remove dried mucus and moisturize the area. Consider honey as well.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Similar questions

A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have a sore throat after radiation beam therapy to the neck?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Yes: This is a common side effect from radiation treating head and neck cancers.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I drink if I have sore throat?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Whatever is helpful: Some people's throats feel better after sipping warm drinks, while other people feel better after sipping cold drinks. There are no rules on what one can drink if one has a sore throat, but tart (sour) drinks might make a sore throat worse.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Sore swollen eyelids and a sore throat, what can cause them?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Viral infection: The combination of sore throat and swelling with irritation in the eyes is highly suggestive of a viral infection (pharyngitis plus conjunctivitis) for which there is no known treatment that will cure it. Standard advice is to stay well hydrated (drink plenty of fluids), take Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for the pain, and apply hot/wet compresses to your eyes. Then just add a tincture of time.
United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 22-year-old female asked:

How do you stop a sore throat from getting worse help its killing ?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Mortiere
Dentistry 35 years experience
Hot salt water rinse: Gargle with hot, salty water: fill a glass with hot water, dissolve table salt in it. Gargle with the salty water 5-6 times, 5-10 seconds each gargle. Do this every couple of hours. See a doctor
A 46-year-old member asked:

How can I stop a sore throat before it gets worse?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sore throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated May 25, 2013

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.