What to Do When You Feel a Sore Throat Coming On

humidifier_300Cool temperatures often bring with them pesky (and sometimes painful) sore throats. If you notice your throat starting to feel dry, try using a humidifier right away—it’ll raise your chances of nipping a full-blown sore throat (a.k.a pharyngitis) in the bud.

According to Michael Finkelstein, a holistic physician in Westchester County, New York, a humidifier works to keep the air around you moist. Without it, “indoor heat and arid air may dry out the mucous membranes,” taking a mild case of dryness to painful extremes.

One important thing to note: Your humidifier’s water tank and filter must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent growth of mold, which, if inhaled, can aggravate symptoms and even lead to lung issues.

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  1. Stephanie

    I try to nip my sore throats in the bud by spraying Chloraseptic at the first sign of “scratchiness.” Oh, and drinking lots of water and OJ. Often works!

    October 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm
  2. Judy

    I use a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar and salt. Gargle with it every hour, when you FIRST notice scratchiness in your throat. Knocks the sore throat right out. My grandmother’s remedy.

    October 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm
  3. KarenMarie

    My nana used to say — gargle with warm water and salt every hour.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm
  4. Martha Gruber Arntson

    Salt water!

    October 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm
  5. Ro H

    If you can find Cepacol mouthwash/rinse in a drug store somewhere grab a bottle. Boil some water and pour into a glass bowl. Pour a capful or two of the cepacol into water. Throw a towel over your head and bowl and steam for 5-10 minutes. if you have a sore throat breathe threw your mouth, stuffy? through your nose. Cepacol has a high alcohol content and that should help kill germs and knock a cold down fast. Do this in the first 24 hours or so. read this in Acres USA several yrs ago, in a little health blip written by a holistic dr.

    October 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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