What can I do for a sore throat?

There are a few things you can do to help alleviate the symptoms of a sore throat:

  1. Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, juice, and broth. Staying hydrated can help loosen congestion and soothe your throat.
  2. Use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Gargle with warm salt water. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water, and gargle with it for 30 seconds. This can help reduce swelling and kill bacteria in the throat.
  4. Suck on throat lozenges or hard candies. These can help soothe a sore throat and keep your mouth moist.
  5. Avoid irritants, such as tobacco smoke and alcohol, which can irritate your throat further.
  6. Get plenty of rest to help your body fight off the infection.

If your sore throat persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever or difficulty swallowing, it’s important to see a doctor. They can determine the cause of your sore throat and provide appropriate treatment.