Archive for October, 2008

Proven Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Here are some proven home remedies for sore throat:

  • Just like mom used to say, gargle with salt water (½ tsp. mixed with 4 oz warm water) every few hours or as needed.
  • Mix a cup of warm water, 2 tsp. honey and the juice of one lemon (or several teaspoons) and sip
  • Mixing white vinegar, water, salt and crushed vitamin C together, gargle
  • Others swear by gargling with chili pepper (yes, chili pepper!) Capsaicin, the ingredient in chili pepper that makes them hot, also numbs the throat. Mix ½ tsp. dried chili or cayenne pepper in a few ounces of water and gargle.
  • Remember to drink plenty of liquids. Orange juice and other acidic juices may irritate a sore throat, so be careful.

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Signs and Symptoms of Sore Throat

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Symptoms of sore throat throughout the body include fever, headache, nausea, and malaise. These may be present with either a viral or bacterial infection.

Symptoms specific to the throat include pain with swallowing for pharyngitis and a hoarse voice when laryngitis is present. Cold viruses tend to cause more coughing and runny nose than strep throat.

Signs of sore throat include the following:

  • Pus on the surface of the tonsils (can happen with bacteria or viruses)
  • Redness of the oropharynx (the pharynx viewed though the mouth)
  • Tender neck glands (inflamed lymph nodes)
  • Drooling or spitting (swallowing becomes too painful)
  • Difficulty breathing (inhaling can be especially difficult when the passage through the pharynx or larynx becomes too narrow for a normal stream of air)
  • Vesicles (bubbles of fluid on a red base) in the oral cavity or oropharynx may indicate the presence of Coxsackie virus or herpes simplex virus.

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Causes of Sore Throat

Friday, October 10th, 2008

A sore throat can have many causes. Listing below some of the most common causes of sore throat :

  • Common viruses, and even the viruses that cause mononucleosis (mono) and the flu, can cause a sore throat. Some viruses can also produce blisters in the mouth and throat (“aphthous stomatitis”).
  • Breathing through the mouth can produce throat dryness and soreness.
  • Sinus drainage (post nasal drip) may cause a sore throat.
  • A sore throat can also be caused by bacteria. The two most common bacteria to cause a sore throat are Streptococcus (which causes strep throat) and Arcanobacterium haemolyticum. Arcanobacterium causes sore throats mainly in young adults and is sometimes associated with a fine red rash.
  • Sore throat appearing after treatment with antibiotics, chemotherapy, or other immune-compromising medications may be due to Candida, commonly known as “thrush.”
  • A sore throat lasting for more than two weeks can be a sign of a serious illness, such as throat cancer or AIDS.

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What is Sore Throat ??

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

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A sore throat (also known as pharyngitis or tonsillitis) is a disease primarily located in the area around the tonsils. It can be caused by both a virus and a bacteria. A sore throat is partly a disease in itself and partly an effect of other diseases such as flu and glandular fever.

The disease is normally seen in children and young people but it can occur at any age. The characteristics of the disease are throat pain and trouble swallowing. If the disease is due to bacteria it can be treated with antibiotics. Usually there are no complications.

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