With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pain in the throat is one of the most common symptom. A sore throat is a painful, dry, or scratchy feeling in the throat. Most sore throats are caused by infections or by environmental factors like dry air.
Sore throats are generally divided into three types, based on the part of the throat they affect:
- Pharyngitis affects the area right behind the mouth.
- Tonsillitis is swelling and redness of the tonsils, the soft tissue in the back of the mouth.
- Laryngitis is the swelling and redness of the voice box or larynx.
The symptoms of a sore throat vary depending on the cause. Some of the symptoms are:
- Dryness of the throat
- Burning sensation in the throat
- Itchiness in the throat
If you have a sore throat, it will hurt when you swallow, talk, or drink.
Related Symptoms of Sore Throat Include:
- Nasal block
- Running nose
- Hoarseness of voice
- Loss of appetite
- Viruses cause 90% of sore throat infections. Most common is the common cold, influenza (or commonly known as the flu), and the most recent, Corononavirus or COVID-19 virus.
- Bacteria also causes sore throat, the most common of which is Streptococcus Bacteria.
- Allergic reactions from pollen, dust, pets, or grass. Allergy releases chemicals that cause symptoms like nasal congestion, watery eyes, sneezing, and throat irritation.
- Dry air
- Smoke, chemicals, and other pollutants in the air
- GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), a condition in which acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
- A tumor of the throat, voice box, or tongue is a less common cause of a sore throat.
Homeopathy is known for curing the symptoms of sore throat completely once the cause is known.
Home Remedies and other OTC (Over The Counter) Drugs for Sore Throat:
- Intake of Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex tablets, Zinc, and Vitamin D.
- For severe cough, Honitus syrup, Vicks/Halls lozenges, or home remedies like gargles, honey water, turmeric milk, lemon ginger tea, etc will help soothe a sore throat.
In case of severe pain or irritation, consult your general physician immediately.
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