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Sore Throat – Inflammation of the throat – Causes, Symptoms, Remedies and Dietary Considerations

Sore throat is the inflammation of throat. It is very common among children and teenagers. Sore throat is almost non-threatening but it can cause lot of discomfort. In most cases, it occurs when a person is suffering from cold or influenza.

CAUSES OF SORE THROAT

– Viral infection like cold and flu often accompanied by fever, achy muscles and runny nose.
– Bacterial infections.
– Sinusitis.
– Measles.
– Diphtheria.
– Leukemia in rare cases.
– Smoking.
– Allergies.
– Dry air.

SYMPTOMS OF SORE THROAT

– Pain
– Irritation.
– Inflammation.
– Chills and fever.
– Hoarseness.
– Swelling in lymph glands.
– Back of the throat may become red and even covered with greyish white membrane.
– Difficulty in swallowing.
– Postnatal discharge in some cases can be seen if the inflammation has spread to nasal passages.
– Headaches

REMEDIES FOR SORE THROAT

– Gargle with warm salt water.
– The fluid of mango bark can be applied locally. It can be used as a throat gargle.
– A mixture of two grams of the pulp of belleric myroblan, a quarter tsp of salt, half a tsp of long pepper, and two tsp of honey should be taken for the treatment.
– A gargle made from fenugreek seeds is very effective. Add two tbsp of fenugreek seeds in a liter of cold water and allowed to simmer for half an hour over low flame. Cool it and use it for gargle.
– Boil one tsp of cinnamon, pinch of pepper, two tsp of honey and take it as a medicine.
– Tamarind water should be used as a gargle.
– A decoction made from tea leaves mixed with a pinch of salt should be used as a gargle for two or three times daily.
– Half a liter of water should be poured on a handful of sage leaves. When moderately cool, a little vinegar and honey should be added according to taste. Gargle.
– A small piece of raw liquorice should be chewed or sucked for treating sore throat.
– Gargle with an extract of kantakari plant.
– Water boiled with basil leaves should be taken as a drink and also used as a gargle to relieve a sore throat.

DIETARY CONSIDERATIONS FOR SORE THROAT

– Fast on orange juice and water for three to five days.
– When severe symptoms subside, the patient may adopt an all-fruit diet for three or four days.
– After that, he or she may adopt a well balanced diet with emphasis on seeds, nuts, grains, raw vegetables, and fresh fruits.
– Clean the bowels daily with warm water enema.
– A wet pack should be applied to the throat at two-hourly intervals during the day, and one at night.

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