You will find that these oils are very effective in treating sore throat symptoms.
You may have heard of the common cold or influenza virus, but did you know that it can also cause sore throats?
Sore throats are caused by viruses called rhinoviruses which live on your nasal passages. These viruses can enter your body through sneezes, coughs, or even tears. They can spread from person to person. If you get sick with a virus, you might experience:
Sore throat symptoms usually last between two weeks and six months. Some people recover completely while others suffer from long-term effects such as chronic sinus infections, pneumonia, or even death.
The best way to prevent sore throat is to avoid getting infected with the rhinovirus in the first place!
In order to do so, you need to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing. Also, if possible, wash your hands often when touching your nose and mouth.
Avoid contact with animals as well since they could carry the virus too.
If you think you might have been exposed to a virus like the flu or the common cold then see a doctor immediately because there is no cure for either one of them yet!
Viruses aren’t the only cause of sore throats though. Here are other possible causes for your throat to feel scratchy or raw:
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can cause damage to the cells that line your throat. Inhaling second hand smoke or vapor from alcoholic beverages can also irritate your throat.
Some people have minor laryngitis, which causes their throats to become rough or irritated. Laryngitis can be caused by shouting or screaming a lot, breathing in smoke or vapor, or even acid reflux which is a condition in which the acid from your stomach leaks up into your throat.
Acidic foods and liquids can also cause temporary sore throats. Some people experience heartburn after eating or drinking certain types of food and liquid.
Singing loudly, yelling, or talking loudly can also irritate the throat. If you experience a sore throat after screaming at a concert, it’s probably not due to laryngitis or acid reflux.
It is more likely that you have damaged your vocal cords and they need time to heal.
The last cause for a sore throat is most definitely the common cold or influenza. We already talked about this virus above, but here’s what you need to know.
The cold virus causes inflammation in the throat. It also causes mucus to form, which further irritates the lining of the throat.
If you experience any of these sore throat symptoms, you will need to rest your voice and throat as much as possible. This means no screaming, shouting, or talking loudly.
Drink plenty of water and tea to alleviate dry throat. Gargle with salt water. Over-the-counter pain medication can help if the pain persists.
Also, if you have a cold, rest and plenty of fluids are key to getting better efficiently.
The best way to prevent catching a cold in the first place is by getting yourself vaccinated against it! Here in the United States, the flu vaccine is offered every autumn.
It helps protect you and everyone around you from catching the virus.
1. The key symptom of a sore throat is a sore throat.
2. A sore throat can be caused by both viruses and bacteria.
3. If you think you have a sore throat, stay away from other people as much as possible to avoid spreading your virus to them.
4. The common cold and the flu are both viruses that commonly cause sore throats.
5. The best way to feel better from a sore throat is to rest your voice and throat, drink plenty of water, and gargle with warm salt water.
6. If you have a sore throat and experience difficulty swallowing seek immediate medical attention.
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