(BlackDoctor.org) — Most sore throats are caused by viruses related to colds, so antibiotics, which fight bacteria, won’t help. Instead, treatments for sore throats from colds aim to relieve symptoms such as painful swallowing and scratchiness in the throat.
Home remedies may be just as effective as medications to relieve sore throats. However, some sore throats are caused by bacteria (strep throat for instance) and do require antibiotics. Check with your doctor to be sure.
Effective sore throat remedies include:
• Get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
• Gargle with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of water).
• Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy.