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Does gargling with hot salt water really help mouth sores and pain?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: Why hot water?

I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw 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. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while.

In brief: Why hot water?

I've never heard the "hot" part, but gargling with salt water does draw 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. It's a temporary fix, since it does nothing to remove the cause (whatever that is), but it will make you feel better for a while.
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