A sore throat is probably one of the most common medical ailments and is brought about by a number of factors that are ever present in our daily lives. A sore throat could be nothing more than a mild infection or even a very prominent symptom of a more severe underlying medical condition. Some of the more common causes of a sore throat include viruses that cause mono and flu as well as viruses that produce blisters in the throat and mouth. A person's breathing habits are also another likely cause of the development of a sore throat as the tendency to breathe through the mouth can cause a significant amount of throat dryness and soreness.
A number of cases of sore throat are also the result of bacteria, if which the most common are streptococcus (which causes strep throat) and arcanobacterium (which is normally accompanied by a fine red rash). In the event the sore throat lasts for over a period of 2 weeks, you should make it a point to consult a doctor and establish if there is a more serious underlying condition present. In most circumstances, however, a sore throat should recede on its own without the help of any intensive medication.
Because of the fact that a sore throat is a very common medical ailment, there are a number of home remedies that have proven to be rather effective over the years. For example, salt water gargles and hard lozenges are commonly used all over the world to provide temporary relief from this very irritating condition. The most effective salt water gargle recipe is to add ½ a teaspoon of table salt to 1 glass of warm water and use the solution at regular intervals over the course of the day. Another advantage of this treatment option is the fact that it is also very effective in dealing with a sore tooth. Another treatment option is to drink a glass of hot water mixed with one teaspoon of lemon juice and some honey. This treatment option will provide almost instant relief while drinking a mixture of chamomile tea with lemon and honey is also as effective.
Another treatment option would be to cut a lemon into 2 pieces and put some salt and black pepper on one of the slices and, by pressing it with a knife, allow the salt pepper mixture to penetrate through the lime. Then heat the lemon and allow it to warm up before licking the lemon slowly and squeezing it to extract all the juice.
answered by M W on Feb 9, 2010, 6:07:31