General Health

10 Ways to Soothe a Sore Throat

It is that time of the year again where tea bags and tissues become the central occupants in our backpacks and purses. The end of the semester is creeping up on us, and no one wants to be sick for finals. Also, who wants to be that annoying person continuously coughing on the silent floors of Bird library or during an actual final? Definitely, not me. Distracting much? Oh, yes.

If you feel a cough coming along, or a cough already crept up on you and your throat is quite sore, have no fear because I have 10 foolproof remedies that will have your throat feeling soothed in no time.

1. Anti-inflammatories. Taking an over-the-counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, such as Aleve or Advil, will reduce the swelling in your throat as well as act as a pain reliever.

2. Gargle Saltwater. Studies have shown that gargling one cup of warm water with ¼ teaspoon salt 2-4 times a day will reduce swelling and aid in getting rid of bacteria in the throat.

3. Cough Drops/Hard Candies. Sucking on cough drops helps to keep the throat moist, but so do hard candies that contain menthol.

4. Cough Syrup. Over-the-counter cough syrups can help reduce soreness and supply short-term pain relief, but make sure you choose a non-drowsy type if you take it before class.

5. Water. I cannot stress how vital it is to stay hydrated when you have a sore throat. Drinking your recommended 8 glasses a day allows your cells to be better able to fight off and kill bacteria.

6. Tea. Drinking tea is a common sore throat remedy many of us are familiar with, but non-herbal-teas, such as ones that include black, green or white leaves, contain antioxidants that toughen the immune system.

7. Chicken Soup. This is the quintessential food to eat when batting a sore throat. According to studies, the sodium in the broth may have anti-inflammatory properties, and consuming food with a sore throat can be very painful, so sipping this soup also allows your body to receive sustenance to help battle that bacteria.

8. Marshmallows. Finally, indulging in some sugary goodness in a way that actually benefits your body. The gelatin contained in marshmallows coats your throat while also soothing it.

9. Sleep. As college students, sometimes an adequate amount of sleep seems foreign and unattainable to us, but it is essential in relieving that sore throat because it allows the body to fight off the infection faster.

10. Antibiotics. Sometimes a sore throat will test positive for strep throat and will require prescribed antibiotics, but there is no point consulting a doctor for them unless you have a fever and feel extremely fatigued.

By Marisa Malanga