How to Cure a Sore Throat

Nobody like a sore throat!

One pesky aspect of life is getting sick. Nobody likes it, but it happens, and we all have to deal with it. One of my least favorite is the sore throat. For me, the sore throat is accompanied by thick mucus in the throat. I have no problems breathing, but it is uncomfortable. The thick mucus is especially bad when I wake up in the morning and is usually yellowish green. The key I've learned by experience (I'm not a doctor by any means) to a quick cure for a sore throat is to control the mucus and avoid iratation to the throat. This includes coughing and clearing of the throat. I find that the less irated my throat is, the faster the recovery time. I accomplish this by:

  1. Clear thick and sticky mucus only when necessary
    If i can tolerate leaving the mucus in my throat, I leave it. I always clear my throat of as much mucus in the morning for a fresh start to the day.
  2. When clearing the throat, always spit out the mucus
    Even if I'm driving my car or at my desk at work, I'll bring a disposable cup or thick paper towel to spit into. Swallowing mucus seems to make matters worse.
  3. Drink plenty of liquids
    The more liquids you drink, the higher the chances the thick mucus is thinned out. After clearing your throat of mucus and spitting out the mucus, the throat is very often times dry. If you don't replenish the throat with liquid, you might beging to cough, which iritates the throat. If my sore throat is bad enough that I need to take a day off from work, I try to drink a gallon of liquids throughout the day.
  4. Drink healthy liquids
    And I don't drink soda or other sugary drinks. I generally stick with honey mixed with orange juice, plain water (cold or warm), or fresh squeezed lemon in hot water with honey.
  5. Cough Drops
    When I have sore throat, I always carry around cough drops. Very often, I'll get a cough attack when in a quiet environment, such as a class or meeting. Then and only then do I pop a cough drop.
  6. Gurgle salt water
    Before calling it day, I try to gurgle a cup of warm salt water. I put as much salt in as I can easily handle. I find this doesn't greatly improved recovery time, but it does feel good and make it easier to sleep at night.

If I take care of my sore throat early enough in the process, I can often times avoid the week of coughing that sometimes follows a sore throat. I use the amount, thickness, and color of mucus in my throat as an indication of the healing process. Less mucus, thin mucus, and clear mucus are all signs of improvement.

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