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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?

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.

Hi, I have a really sore throat and after I gargled with salt water and spat it out, there was also blood. Why/what is this?

Pharyngitis. Bad sore throats, especially the inflammation associated with them, can cause bleeding (usually very mild). I'd get to a doctor so a trained eye can determine if further workup/treatment needs to be done.
Consult your doctor. OIt is not unusual to have sme blood after gargles with infected throat. But it needs to be checked by your doctor and needs to be treated. Depending on the Physical Exam and may be Throat Culture or quick strep test, you may need to be treated with appropriate antibiotics.
Check your nose. Blood tinged sputum may be a sign you are having a nose bleed especially if the air is dry.

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.

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.