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Effectively Treat Your Sore Throat — Naturally

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • One of the most common reasons for a sore throat is a viral infection; before picking up an over-the-counter drug, consider these effective and natural options
  • Zinc lozenges work locally in your upper respiratory tract to shorten a cold; hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal has been ignored, but is effective
  • An apple cider vinegar gargle helps create an inhospitable environment for germs; garlic may shorten the length and severity of your cold and raw honey is as effective as cough drops or syrup
  • Vitamin C may shorten your cold; echinacea tea soothes your throat and reduces the recurrence of an infection; bee propolis extract may reduce the duration of a cold, and gargling with saltwater is soothing
  • Preventive measures include getting plenty of exercise and quality sleep; using good handwashing techniques; eating fermented foods and taking in optimal levels of vitamin D

The most common reason you may experience a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or flu, which affects the pharyngeal area, or back of your throat. The Guardian characterizes the common cold as having “the twin distinction of being both the world’s most widespread infectious disease and one of the most elusive.”

Both the cold and flu can cause a sore throat, so it's helpful to know the difference. Both are viral illnesses but are caused by two different types of viruses. A cold is usually milder than the flu and does not generally trigger serious health problems.


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