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.
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.