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Salt Water for Sore Throat

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Sore throats are a common symptom that most of us will suffer from time to time. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including viruses (including cold and flu), bacteria (such as streptococcus), sinus drainage, or simply breathing through the mouth due to nasal congestion, but the pain itself is usually a result of inflammation. While certain medications may be required depending on the underlying cause, most sore throats can be soothed in the meantime with simple natural remedies.

Salt Water to Soothe Sore Throat


  • Gargle a mixture of 1 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water 2-3 times daily. For best results, alter the pitch of the sound you make while gargling (low, to medium, to high) to move the salt water to different areas of your throat.

Why It Works

The salt draws out some of the fluid in the throat that causes the swelling and inflammation, thereby reducing the pain.


Do not overdo the salt in your gargle, as it will dry out the tissues in the throat, leading to greater irritation. Please contact your healthcare provider if your sore throat does not improve within 24-48 hours, as this may be a sign of serious illness.

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This information is solely for informational and educational purposes only. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of or the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Be aware that many of the techniques and remedies published on this site have not been evaluated in scientific studies. Often, only limited information is available about their safety and effectiveness. Use of these remedies in connection with other medications can cause severe adverse reactions. It is always best to speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Additional information contained in our Legal Statement

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