Tips. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Fever/ pain – Acetaminophen / nsaid’s rest!