Symptoms, remedies, treatments and care for Sore Throat

Sore Throat

A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. It can also be caused by environmental factors like dry air.

Based on the part of the throat they affect, there are different kinds of sore throats:
  • Pharyngitis affects the area right behind the mouth.
  • Tonsillitis is swelling and redness of the tonsils, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth.
  • Laryngitis is swelling and redness of the voice box, or larynx.
Symptoms of sore throat may include scratchy, burning, raw, dry, tender, irritated throat. Your throat or tonsils might also look red. Sometimes, white patches or areas of pus will form on the tonsils.

Remedy:

Gargle with salt water  Popularity: 132  Effectiveness: 3.4  
Gargle with apple cider vinegar  Popularity: 107  Effectiveness: 3.5  
Eat onion and honey  Popularity: 96  Effectiveness: 2.8  
Drink warm honey tea  Popularity: 94  Effectiveness: 3.6  
Eat lemon  Popularity: 85  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Take cinnamon  Popularity: 72  Effectiveness: 3.0  
Take honey and cinnamon  Popularity: 67  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Eat garlic  Popularity: 65  Effectiveness: 3.2  
Eat cloves or drink clove tea  Popularity: 29  Effectiveness: 2.6  
Drink basil tea  Popularity: 28  Effectiveness: 2.9  
Gargle with turmeric and salt solution  Popularity: 18  Effectiveness: 3.5  
Take marshmallow root  Popularity: 12  Effectiveness: 2.5  
Take slippery elm  Popularity: 4  Effectiveness: 2.0  
Drink milk and turmeric  Popularity: 2  Effectiveness: 2.6  
Take fenugreek seeds  Popularity: 0  Effectiveness: 0.0  



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