Sore Throat Remedies

Written by Norene Anderson
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Sore throat remedies depend on the causative agent for the sore throat. If the cause is Streptococcus or some other bacterial agent, antibiotics will be necessary to kill the bacteria. The type of antibiotic will be determined by the strain of bacteria. Penicillin is the most common treatment for Streptococcus. For those allergic to Penicillin, erythromycin is often used.

If the source is viral, antibiotics will not be effective. Viral infections usually have to go away on their own. It takes from 7-10 days for the virus to run its course. If the viral agent is mono, it will take a month or more to complete the cycle. Sore throat remedies for viral infections are more for comfort than treatment. Pain relief is usually over-the-counter medications or natural remedies.

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Keeping the throat moist is important for comfort. This can be done by drinking plenty of fluids and using throat rinses. This can help with the irritation experienced from allergy-induced sore throat. In this case, treating the allergies is the first line of defense for relief. A good moisturizing nasal rinse or spray can be used as sore throat remedies for a variety of causes.

The best remedy is to avoid the discomfort in the first place. This means good hand washing technique, especially in the presence of others with an infection. If you have a sore throat, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing will cut down on the spread of the germs to someone else. Sucking on lozenges or frozen desserts brings quick relief to a sore throat regardless of the cause.

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