How to Get Rid of a Sore Throat Fast Overnight
A sore throat is usually caused by some form of irritation. The irritation may be a result of a number of different things; post nasal drip, common cold, bacterial infection like strep throat, or tonsil stones. There are a number of things that can be done to help sooth a sore throat no matter which one of these causes it may be, and then there are also a specific number of things that can be done if you know what the specific cause of the sore throat is.
Gargle a Warm Salt Solution
One of the best things you can do to help relieve a sore throat is to gargle a simple solution of warm water and salt. Simple warm a glass of water, not boiling, and add a teaspoon of salt to it. Stir till the salt is dissolved. Then take the solution and gargle with it for a minute or so before spitting it out. Then rinse your mouth out with warm water in case you have any traces of salt left behind. This can be done several times a day to help relieve the discomfort. One reason this works is the warmth helps to soothe the sore throat, but also the solution helps to break up any mucus or post nasal drip, and if you are dealing with inflammation, it can help to promote healing.
If heat helps to relieve the sore throat, you can apply a warm compress around your neck to help relieve the pain. Another option is to also wear a warm scarf around your neck to help keep the area warmer than the rest of your body. The heat can help to relax muscles, and help to relieve pain and discomfort. If you do not have a warm compress, one easy thing you can do is to take a long sock, fill it with dried rice, tie off the end, and then warm it for a few seconds in the microwave. Check to make sure it is warm, but not too hot before placing it around your neck. This technique also works great for other forms of heat therapy, or keeping your feet and hands warm on a cold night.
Drink Hot Tea
One of the best types of tea for a sore throat is chamomile tea. For it to be most effective, the tea should be brewed strong, and then allowed to cool enough that it is still warm but will not burn the throat while you are drinking it. Add a couple spoonfuls of honey and a squeeze of lemon and you will have additional healing properties in your warm drink to help you fight off the sore throat. Other options are to drink green tea or peppermint tea. Green tea provides extra antioxidants, but does not have a tendency to dehydrate you the way black tea will. Peppermint tea will help to sooth your throat, but will also help to improve breathing and sinus congestion, which may also be a cause of a sore throat. If you truly do not like to drink tea, even warm water with a little bit of lemon is an option to help soothe your throat and help to keep you hydrated.
Use a Humidifier or Steam Treatments
Whether you use a humidifier or a vaporizer, the important thing is to help increase the amount of moisture in the air that you are breathing. It will help to soothe your throat as well as your sinuses, and if you have post nasal drip that is irritating your throat, it can help to clear it out reducing the amount of irritation. Similar to this is the use of steam treatments. This is done by literally pouring steaming water into a bowl, and placing your face over the bowl to breath in the steam. Make sure the steam is not so hot that it burns you while doing this. You can also drape a blanket or similar piece of fabric over your head to help hold the steam in and keeping it from escaping into the rest of the room. Lastly, steam from the shower or a bath can work just as well as a steam treatment. Not to mention it can also help to relax the other muscles in your body which may be sore from coughing or fighting off a common cold virus. While this treatment works well for all types of sore throats, it works even better for throats which are caused by post nasal drip and accompany sinus issues. This is because it will also thin out the mucus in your sinuses, make it easier to breath, and will also soothe your sinuses and throat at the same time.
Boost Your Immune System with Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important for your immune system to function properly, but an extra boost is important when you have a head cold or sore throat. You can take a supplement of vitamin C in a pill form or chewable tablet, or even in a powder drink for like Emergen-C. But an even better option is to get it into your body naturally. Adding a little bit of lemon juice and honey to your tea is one simple way to get vitamin C, and also soothe your sore throat from the warmth. Another option is to drink a glass of orange juice. If the coolness of the juice helps with any throat pain, this is a great option. You could also eat an orange, but depending on the severity of your sore throat, you might not want to swallow anything more than you need to. Other foods that can help to boost your immune system include berries, bananas and no sugar added applesauce. These are also softer foods which may be easier on your throat to swallow than more solid foods. If they are still difficult to eat, consider putting fresh fruit into a smoothie so you get the benefits of the fresh fruit, the coolness of the smoothie, and the easiness of being able to swallow puree instead of solid foods.
Chicken Broth and Chicken Noodle Soup
While this may seem to be a wives’ tale, there is actually some truth to it. The broth, especially if you get a homemade soup, helps to provide you with a warm liquid to keep you hydrated, but is also full of nutrients that come from the veggies and the chicken that cook in it. The smaller pieces of meat provide you with enough protein to keep your body going and an added boost of energy, but are not large enough, like a steak would be to have to struggle to chew it and swallow it when your throat is sore. The veggies are cooked in the broth making them extra tender and easier to swallow when you are not feeling well, but because they are cooked in the broth you will be eating you do not lose any of the nutrients. The little bit of sodium also helps to soothe your throat, similar to gargling with salt water does. If eating soup seems to still be too much for you to swallow, drinking warm broth is still a good option. The nutrients in the broth will be enough to sustain you, and the warmth and little bit of sodium will help to soothe your throat.
Unfortunately, strep throat is caused by a bacterial infection, which can cause a red and sore throat. This type of infection usually requires an antibiotic from your doctor to help clear it up. Strep throat is also usually is accompanied by a fever and body aches and pains. Often times there are also white patches on the tonsils in the back of your throat, which can be painful and make it difficult for you to swallow. If you suspect you have strep throat, it is best to contact your doctor right away to get treatment. Usually less than 24 hours on an antibiotic is enough for you to start seeing improvement, although it is usually prescribed for a 7 to 10 day course.
Tonsil stones can be painful. They occur as a result of your tonsils filtering out toxins from your body. Some people are more prone to them than others. They usually are not related at all to an infection, but can still cause some pain. Gargling with salt water is enough to dislodge the stone from the tonsils. Other times, they can simply be knocked free using a tongue depressor. Once they are removed, simply gargling with salt water is all that is needed. While this is not necessarily needed to be done by a doctor, if you mistake other white patches in the back of your throat for tonsils and scratch your throat when an infection is present you might complicate things. So, if you are not sure it is best to have a doctor confirm that is what they are.