1)Humidify the air
Dry air will only make your sore throat worse with every breath you take. To help keep your throat moisturized and soothed, try to raise the moisture levels in the air. This is especially important if you live in a dry environment.
Consider buying a humidifier for your home or office.If a humidifier’s not an option, leave out bowls of water in rooms where you spend a lot of time.
If your throat feels particularly scratchy, try taking a hot shower and spending time in the steamy bathroom.
2)Drink plenty of water.
Drinking water prevents dehydration and keeps your throat moist to reduce discomfort.
Most people prefer room temperature water when they have a sore throat. If cold or hot water makes you feel better, though, drink that instead.
Drink at least eight to ten 8 oz. glasses of water each day more if you have a fever.
Try adding a teaspoon of honey to the water. Honey has antibacterial properties and can help soothe and coat the throat.
3)Chew your food well.
Cut it into smaller pieces with a fork and knife before putting it in your mouth. Make sure to chew it enough to break it down before swallowing.
Chewing and letting saliva moisten the food will make it easier for you to swallow.
You might also use a food processor to puree foods for easier swallowing.
4)Drink lots of soups and broths
The old tales of treating colds with chicken soup are true! Studies show that chicken soup can slow the movement of specific types of immune cells. The slower movement of these cells make them more effective. Chicken soup also increases the movement of tiny hairs in the nose that can help reduce infections.
You should also stick to soft, mild, non-sticky foods for a while.
Examples of soft foods include:
- scrambled eggs
- well-cooked pasta
- and well-cooked beans and legumes.
Avoid spicy foods like chicken wings, pepperoni pizza, or anything with hot peppery, curry, or garlic.
Avoid hard or sticky foods that might be hard to swallow.
Examples include :
- peanut butter,
- dry bread,
- toast or crackers,
- raw vegetables or fruits,
- and dry cereals.
5)Make your own throat spray
You can carry a small bottle of this throughout the day and use it to relieve pain as needed. Begin by measuring ¼ cup of filtered water for every 2 oz. of spray you want to make.
To this, add two drops each of menthol essential oil (pain reliever), eucalyptus essential oil, and sage essential oil (antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory). Mix it all together well and pour it into a one or two oz. glass spray bottle. Refrigerate any unused portion to use later