SOOTHE YOUR SORE THROAT
JENNYFER C. DUNGCA, R.N
One condition common among Filipinos is Sore throat that is caused by viral infection which has a higher increased of incidence during the cooler months.
Difficulty in swallowing foods, liquids and throat pain is the common symptoms of Sore throat. This condition also refers to itchiness or irritation of the throat that may be caused by viral or bacterial invasion. Pain in the throat becomes worse when swallowing. Some may feel a swollen gland in the neck and hoarseness of voice.
So what can we do to lessen the pain in our throat? Drinking plenty of water is a very effective way of loosening mucus and keeping throat moist. It also relieves the hoarseness of the voice of infected person. Drinking warm tea can help soothe the irritation cause by inflammation of the glands. To get proper nourishment, sipping warm soup like chicken soup can make the person feel well. Another way is through gargling with warm salt and water. It helps to flush out irritants inside the mouth. Commercial mouth wash with low alcohol content can also be used to gargle the mouth. Just after gargling, spit out the water and don’t try to swallow it. Some studies show that a teaspoon of honey helps speeds up the healing of sore throat. Lozenges can relieve sore throat which taken in the mouth can stimulate the production of saliva making throat moist. Taking enough rest may not be the quickest solution but it can make you feel better.
Eating a well balanced meal makes our body become nourish with nutrients enough to fight sickness. Also taking regular exercise of 10-15 minutes a day can boost immune system. Teachers having sore throat are advised not to shout too much so that their vocal chords will not be strained. They must also avoid using chalks since dust makes the throat itchier. For students with allergies they must avoid irritants such as smoke, pets and spores that can trigger irritation to throat. Covering nose and mouth or wearing of mask in public places is a very effective way of protecting oneself. Remember to visit the doctor once sore throat is accompanied by fever, rashes, difficulty of breathing and if throat pain worsens more than a week. References: www.mayoclinic.com/ www.emedicinehealth.com/ www.cdc.gov
— oOo— The author is from Angeles City National High School