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

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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