How to Handle and Relieve a Sore Throat

A sore throat can cause discomfort and pain especially when you swallow or talk. The condition, also referred to as pharyngitis, is common during the colder months, and is often caused by viral illnesses, such as the flu or a cold. A bacterial infection, such as strep throat, can also be responsible for your painful throat. To ease discomfort, combine home remedies with over-the-counter treatments, and visit your doctor if needed.

Instructions

  1. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever according to the packaging instruction. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce the pain you are experiencing.
  2. Drink warm and cold liquids to soothe your throat. Herbal tea with lemon or honey, and chilled water help keep your throat moist, prevent dehydration and have a comforting affect.
  3. Fill an eight-ounce cup with warm water and add 1 tsp. of salt to it. Gargle with the saltwater mixture two to three times per day. According to Health911, saltwater clears up dilating capillaries and rinses away mucous, thereby promoting circulation of antibodies that combat the infection.
  4. Get plenty of rest. While you rest, you are less likely to experience throat discomfort because you don’t talk or eat. Your body is also better able to fight the infection causing the sore throat.
  5. Put a humidifier in your room, because dry air may irritate your sore throat even more. A humidifier keeps moisture in the air. Place a pan filled with water in a corner of the room, as an alternative.
  6. Suck on commercial throat lozenges to help soothe the discomfort.
  7. Avoid smoking tobacco or secondhand smoke, because these only worsen your condition.
  8. Consult your doctor if the sore throat last longer than two days. Your doctor may test you for a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. If the outcome is positive, you most likely will get a prescription for antibiotics.

How to Prevent an Allergy Headache

An allergy headache is an awful thing to have. They can be extremely painful and even last for days! If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night due to an allergy headache, you’ll know what I mean! You don’t have to suffer from allergy headaches, though. There are several things you can do to get rid of them, and even prevent an allergy headache from happening in the first place!

Instructions

  1. Prevention is the first step to avoiding an allergy headache. One way to prevent allergy headaches is to avoid things that cause allergies. For some people, this can be certain foods, while for others it is things in the environment, such as pollens, molds and dust mites. Some people have allergy headaches caused by numerous factors.
  2. In order to avoid allergens that cause allergy headaches, it is usually necessary to make some changes in your environment. Try putting hypoallergenic mattress and pillow covers on your bed, and launder bedding frequently. You may want to hire a maid to clean your house regularly to keep down dust so that you are not exposed to it. If you have a mold problem in your house, get it addressed as soon as possible!
  3. Medication can be very effective when it comes to the prevention of an allergy headache. Nasonex is a topical steriod spray that is used in the nasal passages. It stops a lot of allergies before they even start. Another very effective medicine is Zyrtec, which just became generic, and therefore affordable for everyone! If you take these medications daily, chances are that you’ll see an incredible decrease in allergy headaches.
  4. Consider changing your diet. My own allergy headaches went away entirely when I eliminated both wheat and sugar from my diet. Not having headaches that last up to three days has dramatically improved my life! Find out what your headache triggers might be by eliminating possibly problematic foods from your diet. Wheat and sugar are typical culprits, by the way.

Tips & Warnings

See your doctor before taking any medications for allergy headaches. Sometimes, allergy headaches can be so painful they are confused with migraines. Get an accurate diagnosis.