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How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

How does gargling with warm salt water help a sore throat?

Soothing: It is likely that the salt draws out some of the fluid in the inflamed tissues, therefore decreasing swelling. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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How to cure a sore throat fast without salt water?

How to cure a sore throat fast without salt water?

Remedies: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.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. ...Read more

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How does gargling salt water help treat a sore throat?

 How does gargling salt water help treat a sore throat?

Symptomatic relief: Warm water gargles loosens the muscles of the throat and make it easier to swallow. It does not address the cause of sore throat. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Some halls now. Later, i plan on gargling with salt water. Are there any other ways to soothe a sore throat?

Some halls now. Later, i plan on gargling with salt water. Are there any other ways to soothe a sore throat?

Remedies: 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. Consider 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. Cont'd. ...Read more

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Will salt water ease a very sore throat that acid reflux is doing ?

Generally yes.: That may work but its more important to deal with the reflux. See if the pharmacy may have the correct medicine or visit your physician ...Read more

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I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

I must teach tomorrow. I have a hoarse and sore throat. Will salt water gargle help?

Probably.: Salt water draws excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less. It also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. An anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen will help to decrease the inflammation further. ...Read more

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Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux ?

Would salt water help to ease very sore throat and gullet that are burned from acid reflux ?

Probably not: if your symptoms are truly caused by acid reflux. Measures that would reduce acid exposure to your throat would be better, such as medicine to reduce acid secretion, alkali to neutralize acid, or mechanical maneuvers such as head elevation during sleep. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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M south indian.Are sore throats caused by some viruses.Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

M south indian.Are sore throats caused by some viruses.Will hot salt water gargling cures this sore throat by killing this viruses?

See below: Hot salt water gargling will definitely help. It is one of the best initial treatments. However, it won't kill the virus. Your immune system does that. Gargling will clear out the mucus and contaminants from the air that get trapped. This can lead to discomfort, frequent coughing, and even secondary infections sometimes. Even if bacterial and you need antibiotics, I strongly recommend gargling. ...Read more

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Woke up w/ sore throat so i gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Woke up w/ sore throat so i gargled with salt water. There's a little blood in the mucus from the back of my throat. Is this normal?

Yes.: I would say that in context that you don't have more symptoms that stated. The mucous dries up the very superficial (to the surface) blood vessels in the back of the nose and the throat that they pop and cause some blood that people can taste on waking up. Take care of the sore throat and enjoy your turkey. ...Read more

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Can swallowing salt water at the beach cause a sore throat?

Can swallowing salt water at the beach cause a sore throat?

Yes: Not the type of sore throat associated with illness. The salt dries out the tissue in your throat causing it to feel 'sore'. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

What are some home remedies for a bad cough/sore throat other than cough drops and salt water?

My favorite: My favorite is a classic "hot toddy." specifically I use a camomile tea with honey, lemon juice and either rum or whiskey (about half-a-shot). The choice of spirits is up to you. The point is to drink a warm liquid that will relax you and open up your airways. (adult only for alcohol, however, lemon, honey, and tea can be used alone for those abstaining or kids.). ...Read more

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Would swabbing my nose with salt water be of any benefit in the early stages of sore throat/cold?

Would swabbing my nose with salt water be of any benefit in the early stages of sore throat/cold?

Not really: If you want to relieve congestion, you can do nasal saline irrigation but, lightly swabbing the nasal cavity with a wet applicator will do almost nothing. ...Read more

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What is better for strep or a sore throat.... Gargle with warm salt water or warm baking soda water? I tried diluted poroxide water, too much foam.

What is better for strep or a sore throat.... Gargle with warm salt water or warm baking soda water?  I tried diluted poroxide water, too much foam.

Peroxide best: I recommend half- strength peroxide to my patients. Instead of gargling take half a mouthful and lean back and swish the solution for a minute or two before spitting it out. Repeat 2 additional times. Peroxide has antiseptic properties which is helpful during an infection. ...Read more

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I have had a bad sore throat only on the right side. Hurts when i talk, breath or eat. I have taken otc meds and gargled salt water.

I have had a bad sore throat only on the right side. Hurts when i talk, breath or eat. I have taken otc meds and gargled salt water.

Right sore throat: do you sleep on the right side mostly? You could have post nasal drip at night which is irritating the throat. Most likely cause, allergies. Especially at this time of year. Try over the counter Flonase or get a prescription from your doctor. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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M south indian.Hot salt water gargling for sore throat and buying a cough syrup for coughing without consulting doctor, anything wrong in doing that?

M south indian.Hot salt water gargling for sore throat and buying a cough syrup for coughing without consulting doctor, anything wrong in doing that?

No: No problem with that. What you want to avoid is taking antibiotics without seeing a doctor. Unfortunately, antibiotics are widely available in india without a prescription, and are often given to patients by pharmacists. Make sure your cough medicine does not contain an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I had a sore throat last week, but it resolved within 5 days by warm salt water gargle and plenty of fluids.However, my palatoglossal arch on both sid?

I had a sore throat last week, but it resolved within 5 days by warm salt water gargle and plenty of fluids.However, my palatoglossal arch on both sid?

Throat Swelling: The swelling is probably due to excessive gargling. Avoid hot foods/liquids. Take cold or iced. If swelling persists, use Clear.ease ™ lozenges. This is papain and bromelain that you melt in your mouth between cheek and gums - one 3x a day. ...Read more

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