Simple sore throat remedies

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If that scratchy throat hurts when you swallow, you can try some simple home remedies, suggests the NIH News in Health.

•  Drink hot tea with lemon or hot soup.

•  Keep your throat moist with lozenges or hard candies (not for children age 5 and younger).

•  Gargle with warm salt water.

•  Cold liquids, ice chips, or popsicles can numb the pain. Throat sprays and over-the-counter pain relievers can help too.

•  Use a humidifier or vaporizer, especially in the bedroom when sleeping, to keep air from getting too dry.


But if your sore throat is severe, if you have a fever or swollen glands, you might have strep throat, a common bacterial infection. Contact your doctor.

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