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How to Get Rid of a Sore Throat

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You say you have a sore throat when it begins to feel dry, scratchy, and even painful. 5-Minute Crafts has 8 solutions that you should try if you want to get rid of this problem quickly.

1. Take some honey.

You can mix it into your tea or take it on its own. Honey works as a wound healer and can speed up the healing process of your sore throat.

2. Gargle with salt water.

Gargling with some warm salt water can help break down secretions in your throat. Make this by simply adding half a teaspoon of salt to a full glass of water. Gargling will help reduce swelling and will clean your throat. Do this every 3 hours.

3. Make a chamomile compress.

Inhaling chamomile steam can help relieve a lot of symptoms connected to colds, including a sore throat. A chamomile compress is a great way to use chamomile as you can place it on your neck, close to your throat, and it can work as an anti-inflammatory as well. You can make one of these by putting the chamomile in boiling hot water for 15 to 20 minutes before soaking a compress in it.

4. Drink warm liquids.

Drink plenty of fluids to prevent you from becoming dehydrated. Try warm liquids such as broth, caffeine-free tea, and warm water with honey. These will also help soothe your sore throat.

5. Use garlic.

Garlic has natural antibacterial properties. It contains compounds that can help fight infection. Add some fresh garlic to your food to benefit from its properties. Alternatively, you can suck on a clove of garlic, but make sure to brush your teeth afterward.

6. Use diluted peppermint oil sprays.

These kinds of sprays can help relieve a sore throat as well as freshen your breath. Peppermint contains menthol which will help calm your sore throat, reduce mucus, and stop coughing if you have a cold.

7. Use apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial effects that can help break down mucus in your throat and the spread of bacteria. You can gargle with apple cider vinegar by mixing 1 to 2 teaspoons of it in a glass of water. Repeat the process 1 or 2 times per hour.

8. Suck on hard candy.

Hard candy stimulates the production of saliva and helps keep your throat moist and lubricated. This will help ease the dryness of your throat.

Note: Do not give them to younger children or toddlers.

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