Cold weather has arrived, even here in Florida. The boys and I have already been sick twice this cold weather season. Once was just a head cold, but this time it is everything from a cough with scratchy throat to a runny nose, fever and very sore throat. Personally, I would rather have anything but a sore throat. They stink, and it hurts every time you do anything, including swallow. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to soothe a sore throat quickly so that you can start feeling better fast.
1. Take an Anti-Inflammatory
This is always one of the first steps that I take when I notice a sore throat coming on in myself or the boys. A sore throat causes swelling of the glands in your throat. You can help relieve some of this swelling and the coordinating pain with anti-inflammatory medications that can be purchased over-the-counter.
2. Eat Only Soft Foods
You are likely to have a reduced appetite with a sore throat anyway, but to be on the safe side and eliminate the risk of irritating your sore throat further, stick to only soft foods that can go down easily. Foods such as applesauce or soup are perfect choices when you are suffering from a sore throat.
3. Gargle with Salt Water
Raise your hand if you remember your mom making you do this as a kid? Yep, there is a reason for that. It may be gross, but gargling with salt water can go a long way towards soothing and healing a sore throat. It reducing swelling and helps to flush out mucus, bacteria and other irritants hiding in the back of your throat. Try a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt and remember not to swallow the mixture.
4. Use Sore Throat Lozenges and Sprays
Sore throat lozenges and sprays are designed to minimize pain and provide instant relief. Chloraseptic® is the number one pharmacist-recommended sore throat relief brand (*lozenges tied for #1), and for the whole family. We ave used it in my home exclusively, and it always brings fast relief.
I was recently given the chance to receive several Chloraseptic® products, and they could not have arrived at a better time. Over the weekend I had a scratchy throat and my 13 year old had a full-blown sore throat. One product that we tried and never had before were the Chloraseptic® Sore Throat Lozenges with a soothing liquid center. I admit, I love the lozenges way more than the traditional Chloraseptic® Sprays, and they worked just as well. Plus, it was a lot easier to talk my son into trying one.
With a variety of flavors including Cherry, Max Wild Berry, Warming Honey Lemon and Grape spray designed just for kids, there is something for everyone. Taking pin reliever is a good idea when you have a sore throat, but who wants to wait around for them to take effect? Chloraseptic® lozenges and sprays work on contact and provide instant relief. This holiday season, don’t get slowed down by your sore throat, Chloraseptic® throat sprays and lozenges are portable and are a great on-the-go treatment options for sore throats.
Be sure to visit the Chloraseptic® Cold & Flu Tracker, and stop by their website for a $1 Chloraseptic® Coupon. Also, visit the Chloraseptic® Facebook page for DIY ideas and funny posts to help you get through your day.