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6 Ways to Treat Sore Throat

Over the years, we’ve grown hoarse telling people how to help prevent the common cold: Wash your hands—a lot. Stay away from others when you’re sick. Steer clear of people with colds.

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Easier said than done, right? 

The fact is, we all come down with a cold at some point—and one of the symptoms is a sore throat. You know the drill: That all-too-familiar throat ache. That annoying, scratchy sensation. Difficulty swallowing or talking (or moaning). Sometimes it’s accompanied by sore, swollen glands or tonsils. A sore throat at night can be even more irritating. But worst of all is missing out on all the good times while you’re home sick. That really sticks in our craw, if you’ll pardon the expression.
So how do you get rid of a sore throat?

Most often, a sore throat is caused by a viral infection like cold or flu, although less frequently allergies can also be to blame. But you won’t have to be stuck in bed; Buckley’s is here to help with effective sore throat relief that works fast. At the same time, try these strategies to treat sore throat symptoms:

  1. Stay hydrated – sip on warm water, juice or decaffeinated tea with honey and lemon. 
  2. Stimulate your saliva – a stuffed-up nose can cause dry mouth, so suck on a hard candy or a lozenge like Buckley’s Lozenges, available in menthol and cherry flavours. 
  3. Feed yourself - Keep your energy up with easy-to-eat foods like soothing chicken soup and broths or numbing ice cream, frozen yogurt and popsicles (you’re sick—treat yourself!).
  4. Swill some salt – Gargle a glass of warm water with a pinch of salt (1/4 to ½ a teaspoonful) and repeat as often as you like.
  5. Keep your nose clean – Along with breathing through your mouth, postnasal drip can make a sore throat that much worse, so blow your nose from time to time, using a soft, moisturizing tissue.
  6. Get misty – Dry rooms can mean dry, painful throats and coughs. Keep things moist with a humidifier or allow a shallow bowl of water to evaporate into the air of your room.

For a fast sore throat remedy that’ll have you kicking off the sheets and back on your feet, you can’t do better than Buckley’s.