How to get rid of Sore Throat overnight: 7 Proven Methods
In a nutshell, sore throat/throat pain is the pain, itchiness and irritation of the throat that could lead to difficulty in swallowing liquids and food.
Sore throat varies from strep throat; while the former talks about pain and discomfort in the throat area, the latter is a bacterial infection of the throat that causes a sore throat.
Not all cases of sore throat are necessarily strep throat.
Sore throat is no respecter of persons of any ages but children, smokers, people with allergies and people with a compromised immune system stand a higher risk of sore throat.
CAUSES OF SORE THROAT
The causes of sore throat can be majorly categorized into two VIRAL INFECTIONS and BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
This is the most common cause of sore throat, this are infections caused by a virus
- Common cold
- Croup – this is an infection of the larynx a common childhood illness characterized by a harsh barking cough
- Flu (influenza)
- Mononucleosis (mono)
This is a less common cause of sore throat
- Strep throat – this is an inflammation of the throat caused by the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria
- Diphtheria – this causes throat inflammation
- Whooping cough – this affects the respiratory mucous membrane
Other causes of sore throat includes:
a direct injury to the throat or neck area could result in a sore throat. e.g when a bone or food particle gets stuck in your throat while eating.
Too much screaming or yelling can irritate the throat and larynx, thereby leading to a sore throat.
if you are allergic to mold, dust, pet dander and pollen, exposure to these allergens can trigger postnasal drip which can irritate and inflame the throat
smoking and secondhand smoke can trigger persistent sore throat.
GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD) this is a digestive condition that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus.
HIV and Tumors:
these are rare causes of sore throat.
A person who is HIV positive might have a recurring sore throat due to a secondary infection.
Cancerous tumors of the throat, tongue or voice box can cause a sore throat.
Symptoms OF Sore Throat
Symptoms of sore throat varies depending on the root cause.
However the common symptoms are throat pain and discomfort, difficulty in talking and swallowing, scratchy or dry sensation in the throat.
Since infections are also major causes of sore throats other symptoms include:
- Headache/ body aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Runny nose
- Swollen glands in the neck
- White patches on the tonsils and back of the throat
A sore throat may be contagious depending on the underlying cause.
For practical purposes, because infection causes majority of cases of sore throat, under these circumstances a sore throat can be contagious.
You are more likely to have a sore throat during fall or winter.
Prevention of Sore Throat
The best way to prevent sore throats is to avoid the germs that causes them and practice good hygiene.
Below are helpful tips:
- Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after using the toilet, before and after eating.
- Use alcohol based hand sanitizers as an alternative to washing hands when soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- Regularly clean telephones, TV remotes and computer keyboards with sanitizing cleanser.
- Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses or utensils.
Well our focus today is to show you some simple but amazing home remedies to cure sore throat that you probably didn’t know of, so read along.
How to get rid of Sore Throat overnight
Regardless of the cause and seemingly intimidating symptoms of your sore throat, these amazing, simple and natural remedies can come in handy to cure your sore throat without stress.
1. Rest, Rest and Rest:
Yes! As easy and simple as it sounds, rest is one way to cure your sore throat.
Get plenty of rest, try to sleep during the day, to some persons this might sound lazy but sparing an hour or two during the day can go a long way.
Also try and maintain your regular sleeping schedule for the night.
Aim to sleep more than your usual daily allotment, at least 11-13 hours of sleep while symptoms last.
2. Gargle (Grandma’s sore throat remedy):
(lols) yeah as funny as it sounds it is one attested and sure way to cure your sore throat.
Even grandma knew this seemingly ridiculous cure but we thought it was one of those fables, well it works.
So this is it; mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, don’t use too much salt, pour the water into your mouth, gargle with your head turned slightly up and then spit it out.
Don’t drink it.
Gargling cleanses the throat. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that gargling with saltwater may even help prevent upper respiratory tract infections.
3. Suck on Garlic:
Yup, it sounds creepy and you probably don’t want to go on a dinner date right afterwards, but garlic is a natural remedy that can kick out a sore throat.
Garlic contains allicin; a compound that can kill the bacteria that causes strep and fight germs causing pain and irritation and the allicin in garlic is released when it is crushed, cut or chewed.
So locate the next available garlic and happy chewing.
adding honey to hot water or tea and lemon helps soothe a sore throat.
Honey has some antibacterial properties and also acts as a hypertonic osmotic, which means it draws water out of inflamed tissue.
This reduces swelling and discomfort and helps to ease sore throat caused by infection.
Studies also show that honey helps ease cough, which can contribute to sore throat pain.
Honey is however not recommended for toddlers under age one.
5. Drink, Drink and Drink Some More Water:
Warm water helps thin secretions in the throat and it soothes irritation in the throat.
Hydrating your body will help fight off infections and clear your sore throat quickly.
For the guys try to drink 3 liters of water daily and 2.2 liters of water will do for the ladies.
Tea could also come in handy.
6. Chicken Soup:
kudos! To grandma once again for knowing this a forehand.
Chicken soup is warm and helps moisten the throat.
It’s like drinking hot tea, hot soup is soothing on a sore throat and can help to shrink sinus mucus.
It also helps keep you hydrated.
According to a study in the Chest Journal chicken soup contains anti-inflammatory substances that could help reduce cold symptoms.
7. A Warm Towel/Shower:
as simple as it sounds using a warm towel on your neck can help soothe tender lymph nodes.
Squeeze the excess water out before placing the towel on your neck.
A not too hot/warm shower can also go a long way in soothing sore throats.
Hope this was helpful, but if symptoms persist after 3 days do well to consult your doctor.