SOOTHE YOUR SORE THROAT

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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

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