What if I have a sore throat? 5 steps to relieve yourself

Burning, stinging, irritation, redness, feeling of dryness, difficulty swallowing: which has never been taken in the throat? And for good reason, this area is particularly exposed to microbes. In 80% to 90% of cases, the harm is caused by a virus, as is the case with white sore throat. More rarely, by a bacterial infection. There is therefore no point in rushing on antibiotics! Especially since many remedies from our grandmothers are now validated by science. 5 tips to relieve pain and calm inflammation, without delay.

Step 1 – I drink a lot

To help the dehydrated throat to rebuild its protective mucus. What? Water, thyme tea (disinfectant), sage (soothing). Or magnesium chloride which slows down the replication of viruses and bacteria (study published in Virology): dilute a 20 g sachet in 1 liter of water.

If it does not work…

Step 2 – I make myself a syrup

With 1 lemon juice + 5 tablespoons of honey. An Australian study has shown that the latter has a bactericidal power equivalent to hydrogen peroxide and superior to certain antibiotics.

If it does not work…

Step 3 – I gargle

According to a study published in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine, gargling 3 times a day with salted water (1 teaspoon in a glass of lukewarm water) helps reduce respiratory tract infections by 40%. You can also replace the salt with apple cider vinegar, a powerful antiseptic.

If it does not work…

Step 4 – I switch to the zinc – vitamin C cocktail

Numerous studies have shown that taking zinc, which prevents viruses from adhering to the mucous membranes, and vitamin C at high doses were able to reduce the duration of sore throats by half. According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, doses of 1 or more of vitamin C and 80 mg of zinc acetate (4 to 5 lozenges) have been shown to be effective. To be taken from the first symptoms, following the usual recommendations and without exceeding 5 days. You can also take the zinc in the form of Granions® or Oligosol®.

And if that doesn’t work …

Step 5 – Still won’t give way?

According to tests conducted by the team at the Common Cold Center at Cardiff University, aspirin could relieve a sore throat in 2 hours. As long as it is used as a gargle, at the rate of 2 tablets in a glass of water (not to be swallowed). Whatever happens, if the pain and fever increase or do not pass after 48 hours, consult. Same thing if your sore throat persists for more than 5 days.

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