Sore throat - a very common symptom. The reason for its occurrence may be factors such as viral infection (cold, flu), dry or air pollution, allergic diseases, active or passive smoking. In addition, the cause of pharyngitis (throat inflammation) may be a bacterial strep infection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the United States, the disease becomes cause of sore throat in children 20-30% of cases, and adults - in 5-15% of cases, according to the health info referring to apteka.ua.
As a rule, sore throat lasts for 3-4 days. Often it is accompanied by symptoms such as irritation of the mucous membranes of the throat, difficulty swallowing, inflammation and swelling of glands in the neck and lower jaw, as well as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and high body temperature.
Intensity and duration of pain in the throat can be reduced by using some simple tools at home. To restore the health of the throat are important factors: adequate rest, a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids.
One of the simplest means of reducing the severity of sore throat is gargling with warm salt water. Thus excess salt rinse solution may worsen the condition of the mucous membranes of the throat. In addition, it is important to avoid the ingestion of salt. When pharyngitis in a saline solution for rinsing, you can add a certain amount of apple cider vinegar, which is a threat to the microorganisms, the scientists said.
Warm drinks with honey and lemon can also be useful for reducing the severity of pain in the throat, and with this end in drinks add sage and turmeric. Prepare healthful drink is very simple: a tablespoon of sage and chamomile to pour boiling water, cover the top and leave for about half an hour. After that, you can drink tea with the addition of lemon slices.
Inclusion in the soup diet is also reflected positively on the health of the throat.
Another simple but effective means - milk with honey. To treat a sore throat this tasty and healthy drink should be three times a day. To do this, a teaspoon of honey should be diluted in a glass of warm milk and drink in small sips the form of heat.
Drinking large amounts of warm liquid from the herbs help to reduce the sensitivity of the throat, increase overall resistance to pathogenic organisms.
It is believed that if a sore throat is useful to use garlic. It is known that it contains allicin - natural compound that promotes destruction of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Allicin is activated by chewing or crushing garlic, but breaks down under the influence of heat.
Maintain constant abundant moisture of the mucous membranes of the throat and helps the absorption of candy caramels, but this tool should not be used for sore throat in young children. According to scientists, popsicles is another product that can be used to reduce the severity of this symptom (by exposure to cold in the irritated areas of the mucous membrane), but the coffee and alcoholic drinks should be avoided because they promote dehydration.
Experts advise to seek professional medical help in such cases: a sore throat lasts longer than 1 week, difficulty in swallowing or breathing, body temperature rose above 38 ? C, the skin rash appeared, marked by pain in the joints, saliva and sputum containing blood.