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13 At-Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Sore throats are a pain. No one wants to cringe every time they swallow. A common sore throat is caused by a viral infection and goes away eventually – but while you’re waiting, there are things you can do to relieve the pain.
The remedy is more than stocking your medicine cabinet with over-the-counter remedies that temporarily soothe the pain. There are other easy, affordable remedies that people of all ages can use to relieve a sore throat.

Home Remedies for Adults

  • Soup broth - traditional soups might be hard on a sore throat, but a warm (not hot) broth can soothe the throat and go down easy.
  • Lozenges or hard candies - these stimulate saliva production, which coats the throat and keeps it moist.
  • Gargling salt water - mix one teaspoon of table salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Gargle the mixture for 15 to 30 seconds, then spit it out.
  • Tea with honey - combine the soothing capabilities of honey with the warmness of tea to ease your throat discomfort.
  • Ibuprofen or acetaminophen - these over-the-counter medications can reduce throat pain.
  • Licorice root - mixed with water to create a gargle solution, licorice root has been seen to soothe throats and reduce coughing.
  • Sage and Echinacea - according to one study, Echinacea/sage spray was just as effective at soothing a sore throat as traditional over-the-counter throat sprays.

Home Remedies for Young Children

Depending on the age of your child, they may be too small to have lozenges or hard candies. Furthermore, they may not be ready for some of the more well-known adult remedies we listed above that can soothe their throat. If that’s the case, try one of these:

  • Popsicles - the coldness of a popsicle may temporarily numb the throat.
  • Cold liquids - try ice water or milk, but stay away from acidic drinks like orange juice or soft drinks.
  • Throat sprays - check the medication’s label to ensure your child is old enough to take an over-the-counter throat spray.
  • Honey - honey has been known to soothe a sore throat, tame a nighttime cough and speed up healing.
  • Peppermint - the American Cancer Society states that sprays containing peppermint oil may relieve the pain of a sore throat.
  • Humidifier - the best way to soothe a sore throat is to keep it moist. Having a humidifier keeps the air from becoming too dry and helps give the throat moisture
  • Children's Tylenol - acetaminophen is the active ingredient here, and in children's medicine, it is given in safe dosages.

    As mentioned, common sore throats tend to go away on their own. If you experience any of these symptoms of strep throat, however, you may need a prescription for an antibiotic. If none of these at-home remedies are helping after 48 hours, you can book an appointment online with us, and the widget below will help you find the GoHealth Urgent Care center nearest you!


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