Sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. A sore throat is the primary symptom of pharyngitis that is caused by swelling in the back of the throat (pharynx) between the tonsils and the (larynx). The most common cause of a sore throat is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus usually resolves on its own with herbal and home remedies.
- Strep throat is caused by group A streptococcus.
- Less commonly, bacteria such as gonorrhea, and chlamydia can cause sore throat.
- Joint pain and muscle aches
- Skin rashes
- Swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck
Health warning: Always seek professional medical advice to determine the cause of a sore throat if you have a persistent high temperature above 38C (100.4F), which does not go down after taking medication or your symptoms do not improve within a week.
Ginger – Sore Throat: Ginger lessens the pain related to an irritated throat. Slice 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger and infuse in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Drink a cup of the water as needed. The warm water will soothe pain and the ginger will alleviate the swelling and irritation. If the water is too cool, it will not be as effective. If it is too cool at the end of 15 minutes, reheat it to the temperature you desire. Optionally add a ginger tea bag for flavour. Ginger tea bags are available in health stores and use as normal teabags.
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