A sore throat refers to pain or irritation in the throat. It is mostly caused by inflammation of the tonsils (tonsilitis) or throat (pharyngitis). It can also be due to trauma.
A sore throat can occur due to a viral infection, bacterial infection, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is estimated that about 2.4 million emergency department visits are due to throat-related complaints annually.
While there are medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that can help reduce the pain, home remedies can also be beneficial to provide additional relief. Below are 10 home remedies to try to soothe your sore throat.
Home Remedy #1: Honey Tea
Honey is a sweet and viscous substance produced by bees through the collection of floral nectar. The nectar goes through several processes that involves regurgitation, water evaporation, and enzymatic activity. Honey is then stored in honeycombs and can be collected for human consumption. The sweetness is attributed to the presence of fructose and glucose. Sealed honey does not spoil even after a long time as most microorganisms are unable to grow in it.
Traditionally, it has been used to treat burns and wounds. Due to its antibacterial properties, it can also be used as an antibiotic. It is also a common remedy used for coughs and sore throats.