How to Help a Sore Throat

 

A sore throat affects many adults and children every year. A sore throat can dampen your mood, disrupt your day, and wear you out. While this is associated with winter months, it can be experienced at any time of the year, without warning. 

You will be hard pressed to find anyone that has not experienced the all too familiar symptoms of dryness, inflammation, and difficulty speaking or swallowing. You may even have had the experience of waking up in the middle of the night in extreme discomfort, uncontrollable coughing, and congestion.

Fighting through your pain and frustration, you may be wondering how to help a sore throat and to answer that question, we have to learn why sore throats can hurt that much and what is causing it.

Why does my sore throat hurt?

A sore throat is caused by an upper respiratory infection from either viruses, bacteria or fungi. Your body fights off the infection in your throat by sending an abundance of blood into the affected area. While this is essentially the body’s ‘defence mechanism,’ your body also releases chemicals which – unfortunately – cause the blood vessels in the affected area to swell. This causes can cause severe pain

When your throat becomes inflamed, it can cause discomfort when swallowing, hoarseness, and can even contribute to voice loss.

How can I soothe my sore throat?

There are multiple ways to manage and treat an inflamed throat.

Staying hydrated and eating soft food can help to soothe your throat and helps with inflammation. Also, gargling with salt water can ease the pain. Salty water is more concentrated than the fluids in your throat. This means it pulls the fluids in your throat out of the swollen area thus reducing the swelling.

When you are looking for how to soothe a sore throat, it is also important to get plenty of rest, don’t take on too much stress, and let your body recuperate throughout the night.

For a more effective, and faster acting, alternative try Strefen lozenges. With the flurbiprofen active ingredient these are clinically proven to tackle the inflammation.