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Home remedies for a sore throat

BMJ Group Medical Reference

There are several things you can try to help you feel more comfortable while your body fights off a sore throat. We haven't looked at the research on how well these remedies work. But they're easy to do, so you may think they're worth trying.

  • Gargling and rinsing your mouth with salt water may help. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, and gargle and rinse vigorously. Do this several times a day.

  • Sucking throat lozenges or hard sweets makes you produce more saliva. This can make you more comfortable by lubricating your throat. But don't give hard sweets or lozenges to young children, because there's a risk they could choke.

  • Any type of fluid can also keep your throat lubricated, so make sure you drink plenty of water or soft drinks. Some people find that sucking something cold, such as an ice lolly, can help.

  • Warm drinks can also be soothing. You could try tea with honey or lemon.


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Last Updated: September 14, 2012
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.

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