Scratchy throat is an extremely commonplace disease, but it can be annoying as it results in difficulty in swallowing, and fever in many cases. Sometimes one can experience scratchy throat due to cough. One also suffer from scratchy throat due to scratchy throat allergies. In most cases, scratchy throat and cough can be treated easily with remedies at home. Let us look at the remedies for scratchy throat and cough.
Cough And Sore Throat: Causes And Symptoms
Cough can be a symptom of several disorders like asthma, common cold, influenza (flu), whopping cough, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, etc. Cough and sore throat can also be a symptom of air borne allergies. Therefore, we observe that respiratory disorders are the prominent causes of cough and sore throat in people. Cough can be of different types: dry cough, severe cough, spasmodic cough, or asthmatic cough. These types vary according to the cause. On the other hand, sore throat is often accompanied by burning sensation in the throat. Cough and sore throat are also seen to be followed by other symptoms like noisy breathing, nasal congestion (stuffy nose), slight fever, headache, etc.
Remedies For Scratchy Throat And Cough
Salt and Warm Water Gargling: This remedy for scratchy throat and cough, is very effective and is often suggested by doctors, in case of sore throat and dry cough. This remedy is suitable for adults and children. Boil two glasses of water in which 4 tablespoons of salt has been added. Wait till the solution is lukewarm, and then gargle with it. Repeat this remedy twice a day, at morning and evening. This remedy has no side effects, so you can gargle whenever you are troubled by scratchy throat and cough. This method is also a very good swollen tonsils remedy.
Lemon Tea Remedy: This is a very tasty and natural remedy for dry scratchy throat and cough. Boil 3/4 cup of water for two minutes. Add green tea and boil for 2 more minutes. Strain it into a cup and add the juice of one lemon to it. You can add honey or sugar for taste. Drink this preparation, 3 - 4 times in a day. Lemon is a good source of vitamin C, and combined with warm tea, your throat will heal faster. For children suffering from dry scratchy throat and cough, give only half a cup of lemon tea, twice in a day.
Garlic for Scratchy Throat and Cough: Garlic contains antibiotic and anti-fungal properties and is one of the best sore throat home remedies. Chew on 2 cloves of garlic in the morning and evening. However, the taste of garlic is extremely strong, which makes it difficult to chew. So, when you chew garlic, take 1 spoon of honey along with it. But be warned about the fact that eating garlic can make your breath smell.
Given, above were some of the natural and home remedies for scratchy throat and cough. Now, let us look at some effective allopathic remedies.
Cough Syrups: There are many cough syrups available over the counter. However, take care when buying a cough syrup, as some cough syrups make you drowsy. If you want you could opt for non-drowsy cough syrups too. If you are buying a cough syrup for dry cough in children, make sure that the label on the bottle says it is suitable for children. Use the cough syrup according to the instructions mentioned on the label. The normal dose of cough syrup is 2 spoons, twice a day.
Painkillers: If you are suffering from pain during scratchy throat and dry cough, take a painkiller like aspirin or ibuprofen. If you are suffering from scratchy throat and coughing problems during night, the painkiller will also help you sleep.
Cough And Sore Throat : Treatment
It is essential to have immediate treatment for cough and sore throat as it causes a lot of discomfort. Cough and sore throat in minor cases can subside by itself within a day. However, if you are thinking how to get over a cold fast, you need to follow certain treatments. Firstly, taking compete rest is very essential. Although no evidence has been able to prove the exact effect of rest on symptoms of cough and sore throat, it is very effective.
Bed rest for one whole day is the best treatment for viral and bacterial infectious diseases. Secondly, if one is accustomed in taking any specific medications, he/she should continue doing so as long as there are no side effects seen. Cough syrups, lozenges and sprays can also be used. Similarly, there are several over-the-counter pain killers and pain relievers available that help in treating sore throat. On the other hand, one also needs to restrict the intake of certain foodstuffs like cold drinks, sodas and other fried foods during this time. Rather, one can have chicken and vegetable soups, vegetable broths, cheese sandwiches and salads. One should also drink adequate amounts of water to keep the body well hydrated. Apart from these, there are several home remedies for dry cough and sore throat that are equally effective.
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