Sore throat is one of the commonest and yet most problematic health problems. It may seem like a minor health problem but it can be quite annoying to live with a sore throat. Continuous pain and irritation in the throat makes it tough to carry out day to day chores smoothly. Several conditions can cause sore throat and swollen glands like bacterial infections, viral infections, irritants and injuries, etc.
The good news is that most of the times, sore throat and swollen glands are caused by minor problems and go away without medical treatment. There are many home remedies available to bring the patient relief. Take adequate rest and use one of the below-mentioned home remedies for quick relief.
Home Remedies for Swollen Glands and Sore Throat
Gargle With Tea Water Or Turmeric Water
Gargling on swollen glands and sore throat is equivalent to putting a hot pack on aches. The way a hot pack gives relief to your aching joints and back, gargles with warm water do the same to your throat. Adding antibiotics like turmeric or tea leaves helps in soothing your aching glands. Take a cup of really warm water and add in it half teaspoon of turmeric powder. Gargle with this water. You can also brew some tea leaves in a cup of warm water and use it for gargling. It will bring down inflammation and will provide relief.
Sipping On Warm Lemon Water
Take a cup of hot water and add in it one teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of white salt and squeeze half a lemon into it. Mix well and sip gradually. This hot lemonade will help you get rid of phlegm and will sooth your aching glands.
Even aspirin can be good for your sore throat. Take a glass of lukewarm water and drop an aspirin tablet into it. It will quickly dissolve. Drink up this mix. It will soothe your glands and will provide you instant relief. However, if you are on some medications for heart then avoid this remedy. Pregnant and nursing women should also check with their doctor before using this remedy.
Eat Orange Ice Cream
Eating chunks of orange ice cream can also help you relieve the pain in your throat. Eat ice cream, do not suck. Sucking can worsen your throat and if the source of infection is flu or cold then avoid this remedy completely.
Drink As Much As Hot Liquids As Possible
Throughout the day, keep drinking hot liquids like hot lemonade, hot tea, coffee, etc. If you don’t want to drink endless cups of tea and coffee then simply sip on warm water throughout the day. You can also try herbal teas available in market. They will soothe your throat without giving you acid attack.
Eat A Hard Candy
Sucking a hard candy will help you get relief from the cough and sore throat. It will also keep your throat moist and will keep frequent bouts of cough at bay.
Steam is a very simple and effective home remedy for sore throat and swollen glands. Take a big bowl of water and fill it with hot water. Take a towel and cover your face with this towel over the hot steaming bowl. You should be comfortable with the heat. Inhale this steam for 3-4 minutes. You can also add a couple of drops of ‘vicks’ or eucalyptus oil.
Drink Adequate Water
Drink 10 glasses of water in a day to keep your throat moist and avoid the irritation. It can also help you in getting rid of infection faster.
Chew On A Garlic Pod
Take a garlic clove and cut it into two halves. Put these pieces in both sides of your cheeks. Keep sucking on the clove so that it may release its juice in your mouth. This juice has anti bacterial properties and it can help you get relief in case your sore throat is due to bacterial infection.
Ginger And Honey Mix
Take a finger sized knob of ginger and grate it. Squeeze out the juice. Mix half a tea spoon of honey in this juice. You can add a pinch of salt also. Eat this mix two- three times a day. Ginger and honey make a soothing mix and provide you relief from swollen glands also.
These home remedies can help you in bringing relief somehow if the problem seems to be unchanged even after a week then consult your doctor first. Do not take antibiotics at your own since they hardly help in viral infections. Consult with your doctor about the cause and treat the root cause of your sore throat and swollen glands.