A dry, painful, scratchy, or irritating feeling in the throat can be unsettling during these times. But our Pembroke Pines, FL, patients must remember that not every sore throat is a cause for concern or the result of an underlying condition. If you're guilty of consuming spicy foods, talking too loud, or using tobacco products regularly, these are habits that can also aggravate throat muscles. When struggling with this common health complaint, Dr. Craig Shapiro & Dr. Sina Joorabchi recommend at-home remedies in-between your visit to Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy.
Home Treatment for a Sore Throat
Getting rid of a sore throat requires patience, and a little peppermint doesn't hurt. Throat pain doesn't make it easy to sleep, drink, or swallow, but there are ways to soothe the discomfort. Natural remedies that can accelerate the healing of a sore throat and boost the immune system in the process include:
- Eating garlic for its antibacterial properties
- Baking soda or warm saltwater gargle to kill bacteria
- Drinking hot chamomile tea for its anti-inflammatory benefits
You may also find relief from resting your voice, as well as avoiding irritants like cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, and dry air. Please visit our Pembroke Pines, FL, ENT center if your sore throat is paired with an earache, severe wet or dry cough, or sign of infection.
When to See a Doctor
Patients should seek medical care for a sore throat immediately when experiencing flu-like symptoms, have trouble breathing, or difficulty swallowing. If natural remedies don't work, and a sore throat lasts more than seven days, is accompanied by a fever, rash, or joint pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Craig Shapiro or Dr. Sina Joorabchi to discuss appropriate treatment options. For more information about the conditions we treat and services provided at Broward Center for Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Pembroke Pines, FL, office, please call (954) 438-7171.