Folks who live in Smith Mountain Lake get colds and sore throats just like people everywhere. While there are worse illnesses than a cold, having one can make life rather miserable as it runs it’s course.
A sore throat is often the first sign of a cold or flu and should be treated rapidly so as to keep it from progressing. When your job requires frequent speaking, dictating, singing, and interacting with others in a myriad of ways, a sore throat is especially frustrating and painful. So what can you do to alleviate some of that soreness?
The first way to combat any infection is with diet. I always eliminate all refined sugar, soft drinks, fast food, etc. and eat as much fresh fruit and veggies as possible while trying to get rid of a sore throat or cold. Sugar and other refined foods lower your immune function and prolong the illness.
When I first feel that nasty tickle begin in my throat, I immediately begin a healthy regimen of anti-infectious herbs, teas and vitamins, alternating them several times a day.
My regimen includes herb teas such as myrrh, ginger, licorice and slippery elm. (You can’t take the licorice if you have high blood pressure.) Vitamins like C, E, zinc and beta carotene. And essential oils on my throat (put a dab of olive oil on first if you have sensitive skin) of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree oil. Some people also find that a gargle of vinegar (or fresh lemon juice) and honey soothes the sore throat.
Keep in mind that a sore throat can be caused by other problems besides a common cold. Exposure to certain chemicals and the streptococcus bacteria are two other frequent causes. If you develop a sore throat with a fever and no other symptoms, or if your sore throat lasts longer than a week, you should see your doctor to determine if you need to treat something more serious than a cold.