Soothing a sore throat: these home remedies help

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A sore throat is a characteristic side effect of a cold, i.e. an infection of the upper respiratory tract. What helps when you feel that familiar itchy burning sensation in your throat and it hurts to swallow?

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat is a very common complaint and mostly occurs when you have a cold. It usually disappears on its own after a few days. Drinking plenty of fluids can help you get better.

Typical symptoms

  • Pain in the throat / back of the mouth (in particular when speaking and swallowing)
  • Redness in the back of the mouth
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck

Home remedies for sore throats

Do hot drinks protect us from viruses?
Drink plenty of fluids

Teas made from medicinal herbs like sage, thyme or camomile are most suitable.

Effects of camomile
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Gargle

Gargle several times a day with medicinal herbal teas or salt water.

Sage gargle
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Milk with honey

Milk soothes the mucous membranes and prevents inflammation.

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Cooling neck wrap

For a cooling effect, spread quark (approx. 200-500g) on a cloth, fold in the edges and place on the neck. Leave on for about 20 minutes and repeat several times a day if need be.

The cool quark acts as a decongestant, is anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and pleasantly cooling.

When to see a doctor?

Sore throats usually subside after 1 or 2 days and should disappear completely after about a week. If this isn't the case and high fever, shortness of breath or severe difficulty in swallowing are also experienced, it's advisable to see a doctor. Also when children complain of very sore throats.

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