Be Your Own Doctor, or Not?
A sore throat is usually not a great trouble. However, if left unattended, it may become. Therefore, it is important to act timely since sore throat is considered a warning of something more serious yet to come. Many people decide to pay their doctor a visit every time their throat is sore. This is truly unnecessary. Taking into consideration that the main reason behind a person's sore throat lies behind a viral infection of the organ in question, all one needs to do is lay low, rest and use some of many natural remedies in order to speed up the recovery process. Nevertheless, sometimes, a bacterial infection or something even more serious may be behind a sore throat we might have. In such cases, seeking medical attention is a must, due to the fact that adequate antibiotics need to be prescribed in order to get rid of the bacteria in question, avoiding further spreading of the infection. It is therefore of high importance that you pay attention to your symptoms, and treat the lighter throat problems yourself, while leaving the more serious ones to the professionals.
Manifestations of a Sore Throat
As mentioned above, more benign cases of sore throat are triggered by cold or flu, manifesting through eating and swallowing difficulties and troublesome breathing and talking processes. However, if the symptoms remain present for a longer period of time, especially, if they are accompanied with a high fever, something more serious may be at hand. Swelling in the lymph nodes, long lasting cough, white spots inside of the throat all add to the list of the least desirable symptoms. Finally, if the child starts drooling for a longer periods of time, or there is blood or other discharge present in the saliva of both sick adults and children, medical attention is necessary since, clearly, an underlying illness is behind all of these manifestations.
How to Help Yourself
From time immemorial, people have been aware of the antiseptic power of salt and water. Here, these might come in handy as well. All you need to do is gargle your throat with a mixture of salt and warm water, and experience relief.
Another excellent remedy is chamomile tea. The best thing you can do is boil dry flowers of this plant and drink the tea after removing the remains of the blossoms. This will soothe your throat and help you greatly.
You may consider boiling cinnamon in a pint of water, adding a bit of honey and pinch of pepper.
Finally, drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar, a pinch of pepper, one teaspoon of honey and and a quarter of fresh lemon in hot water, four times a day will surely get you back on feet in no time.