How To Get Rid Of A Sore Throat Fast
How To Get Rid Of A Sore Throat Fast
There are a number of reasons why you've been hit with a sore throat. The most common reasons include coming down with the flu, a cold, strep throat, smoking or tonsillitis. It is always better to have a doctor diagnose your condition because while sore throat symptoms overlap for different root causes, treatment may vary.
In this article we're going to cover the most common ways you can treat your symptoms (easing the pain and discomfort) and the steps needed to ensure a speedy recovery. We'll also delve briefly into other illnesses which can lead to the manifestation of identical symptoms. Please remember that if your condition is persistent, or is actually getting worse, a trained physician is your best bet!
Sore Throat Symptoms
- A persistent itch in the throat.
- Fevers and chills.
- A dry throat.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- White patches or marks.
- Swollen tonsils.
- Swollen glands.
- Children may refuse to eat.
A sore throat, characterized by the inflammation of the throat, leading to pain, itchiness and difficulty swallowing is usually caused by a viral infection which clears up on it's own. Bacterial causes can be resolved with prescription anti-biotics.
The most common viral causes are:
- The common cold.
- An influenza virus strain (the flu).
- Chickenpox and measles.
Treating viral infections naturally will involve drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest and avoiding stress and other factors which can depress the immune system. Most viral infections clear up after roughly a week without the need for medical treatment.
The most common bacterial causes are:
- Strep throat ( Streptococcus pyogenes).
- Whooping cough.
If you're condition isn't getting better on it's own given the viral guidelines, you may have a bacterial infection which can be treated with relevant antibiotic therapy. Acquiring the proper antibiotics from a doctor is essential for two reasons. Firstly, so you know that you aren't allergic to them and secondly because you will know how long to take them (not taking them long enough will worsen the condition in many cases).
Other Causes And Risk Factors
Here is a list of other causes that may have given rise to your sore throat:
- Smoking. Long-term smoking habits can irritate the throat.
- Allergies. Hay fever, and allergies to dust and other abundant particles can lead to cyclical bouts of sore throat.
- Sinus Infections. If you're experiencing constant drainage from the nose it can irritate the throat.
- Immune suppression: If you're immune system is naturally or artificially weak, you are more likely to experience sore throats.
A Speedy Recovery
There are a number of widely available methods to ease the pain and get you back on your feet. The ones with a proven track record are:
- Getting lots of sleep allows the body to fight off the infection more rapidly.
- Drinking a lot of water to prevent dehydration (often exacerbated by a fever).
- Sucking on lozenges (such as strepsil -- pictured right) can help ease a sore throat. A visit to any pharmacy will provide you with a wealth of options.
- Gargling with warm salt-water provides immediate cleansing and relief.
- Aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen can provide on-demand relief from fever symptoms.
- Eating well can give the body the strength it needs to fight off infection, and don't forget the value of carbs in giving you a focus boost if you have to study or work!
When To See A Doctor
If the following advice has done little to address your symptoms, it may be a sign that something more severe or persistent is at work. If you feel a number of these symptoms in addition to the ones above, it may be time to visit a professional.
- Breathing becomes difficult.
- Swallowing becomes difficult, especially when eating becomes a problem.
- Inexplicable rashes.
- A high fever.
- Blood in mouth.
- Painful joint pain.
- Persistent symptoms, or frequently re-occurring symptoms.
This concludes this article on how to get rid of a sore throat fast, while there is no out-of-the-box quick fix solution, I hope you find that it helps you on your road to recovery as swiftly as possible!