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Treating the Sore Throat with Salty Warm Water

Swallowing is the most basic activity of any living being. Research says that we swallow  after every 15 to 20 seconds. Hence, when we have a sore throat, swallowing becomes a misery. A sore throat can either be a viral or a bacterial infection.

Indications of sore throat:

  • Pain when swallowing.
  • Swelling.
  • Burning Sensation and Itchiness.
  • Strained throat.
  • Dryness.

A sore throat can be an alarming signal for cold and flu.

Remedy:

Sore throat is mainly caused due to swelling of mucous membrane and presence of excess mucus. To ease the swallowing agony, one of the most easiest and the most effective way to get rid of sore throat is gargling with salt water for couple of times per day. However, gargling with warm salty water isn’t a cure but it can help to soothe the sore throat infection.

Method:

  • Dilute 1/2 teaspoon of salt in warm water.
  • Take mouthful of this solution and lean your head back and gargle it for few seconds.
  • Spit the solution (Do not swallow) and repeat the process.

Benefits of gargling with salty warm water:

  • Gargling with salty warm water keeps the throat clean and moist.
  • Gargling primarily reduces the swelling and the pain.
  • Sore throat often results in bad breath, however salt water decreases the oral odor.
  • It helps to remove the infection out of swollen tissues.
  • It prevents further growth of any bacteria.
  • It gives relief to burning sensation.
  • It helps in flushing out the excess mucus present.

Caution:

If the patient suffering from sore throat does not experience relief form gargling, then the cause for sore throat may be due to different reasons. In such case it is sensible to seek doctor’s advise.

1 response to Treating the Sore Throat with Salty Warm Water

  1. The bacterial sore throat is oftentimes caused by the GAS or Group A streptococcus. This oftentimes can lead to strep throat. This is very common with children especially during spring and winter season.

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