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By Spartanburg & Greer ENT
September 06, 2016
Category: Throat
Tags: Sore Throat  

Sore throat pain can make you feel miserable and even interfere with sleep. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ease your pain. John A. Foster, M.D.; H. Frederick "Fritz" Butehorn, III, M.D.; Richard M. Weir, M.D.; and Erik D. Steiniger, M.D.; your Spartanburg, SC, ENT doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT, share a few tips that will help you cope with a sore throat.Sore Throat

Gargle with saltwater

Think gargling with saltwater to reduce sore throat pain is just an old wives' tale? This old folk remedy not only reduces pain temporarily, but also loosens phlegm and cleans your throat. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water. Gargle with this mixture up to eight times per day.

Try a pain reliever

Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or naproxen sodium can help relieve sore throat pain. If you have any of signs of the flu, such as aching muscles and joints, dry cough, runny nose and fatigue, don't take aspirin if you have a sore throat. Using aspirin when you have the flu can cause Reye's syndrome, a serious condition that can lead to death if it's not treated promptly. Although you may associate Reye's syndrome with children, it can occur at any age.

Have a cup of tea

Drinking any warm liquid, such as tea or warm water with honey, may help you feel better. Hot beverages thin sinus mucus and allow it to drain, which can reduce your painful symptoms.

Buy a vaporizer or humidifier

Using vaporizers and humidifiers while you sleep prevents the air from becoming too dry while you sleep. Don't have a vaporizer or humidifier? Add a pan of water to your room at night.

See your ENT

If your sore throat doesn't get better, make an appointment with your ear, nose and throat doctor. In some cases, sore throats can be caused by other conditions, such as acid reflux. Although heartburn is the classic symptom of acid reflux, some people don't experience this problem but do develop a chronic sore throat or a constant lump-in-the-throat sensation. Once the reflux is controlled, the sore throat will go away.

Are you concerned about a chronic sore throat? Call Drs. Foster, Butehorn, Weir and Steiniger, your Spartanburg, SC, ENT doctors at Spartanburg & Greer ENT, at (864) 582-2900 to schedule an appointment.

December 30, 2013
Category: Throat
Tags: Choking   Children  

[adapted from The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery]

Unlike small toys, food does not contain warning labels about possible choking hazards. Since 60% of non-fatal choking incidents result from food, let us examine some ways to reduce the risk of choking while children are eating.

High risk foods that may cause children to choke:

  • Hard candy
  • Peanuts/nuts
  • Seeds
  • Whole grapes
  • Raw carrots
  • Apples
  • Popcorn
  • Hot dogs
  • Chunks of peanut butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Chewing gum
  • Sausages
  • Foods that are round and could conform to a child’s airway

Tips to reduce risk of choking:

  1. Children should be seated when eating. Caregivers and teachers should ensure that children do not eat while standing, walking, running, playing, lying down, or riding in vehicles.
  2. Children should be wide awake when eating. Children should not be allowed to continue to feed themselves or continue to be assisted with feeding themselves if they begin to fall asleep.
  3. Active supervision is a must. Children require increased supervision when eating because they are easily distracted and may not pay full attention to the task of eating. Remember, a choking child may not make any noise, so adults must keep their eyes on children who are eating.
  4. Watch children for “squirreling” of several pieces of food in their mouth. Too much food in their mouth increases the risk of choking.
  5. Food should not be used for children’s games that involve catching the food item in the mouth or stuffing large numbers or amounts of food in the mouth.
  6. Cut foods into small pieces and shapes that will not block the airways, especially grapes and other fruits, meat, cheese, and raw vegetables. Cut hot dogs lengthwise as well as widthwise.
  7. Cook vegetables so they become softer and easier to swallow.
  8. Give only small amounts of peanut butter or other similar foods to prevent them for blocking the child’s airway.
  9. Offer plenty of liquids to children when eating, but make sure liquids and solids are not swallowed at the same time.