Even after all the handwashing, the healthy food, the immune supporting supplements… one of us seems to come down with something. A sore throat seems to be the first sign of back-to-school illness for us. Most of the time, a sort throat is self limiting, although uncomfortable – but when it is accompanied by a fever and a tummy ache, it may be something more. If after a few days of resting and trying some sore throat remedies, a visit to the doctor may be advised.
Here are a few soothing things to do to help you and your loved ones ease the pain of a sore throat.
Salt water gargle: Studies have shown that gargling with salt water can help Continue reading “Back to School Series: Soothing Sore Throat Remedies”
Strep infections are known to trigger autoimmune disorders, affecting millions worldwide (Aran et al 2011). Recently, researchers from Stanford University found an association between post-strep autoantibodies and an enzyme involved in insulin degradation and insulin resistance (Aran et al 2011). The autoantibodies attack the enzyme and decrease insulin degradation and correlate with higher insulin levels and insulin resistance.
Aran et al (2011) have shown these post-strep autoantibodies are also associated with metabolic syndrome, Continue reading “Strep, Insulin and Depression”
I thought I had gotten through this long, long winter without a cold, but the other day I felt the tickle in my throat starting. Before it could become a full-blown throat infection, I started to hit it hard with three great sore throat remedies. Bye-bye sore throat!
1. Pathway Throat-Ease. This easy-to-use spray contains herbs that provide relief quickly. Osha and licorice are just two of the herbs that soothe a sore throat but also help if you have a cough. Throw this in your pocket, and use it whenever you feel the need for relief.
2. Raw honey. A tablespoon stirred into a tea or just taken by the spoon, can really help ease a sore throat. This one is especially good for children over the age of 1. In fact, a study in Pediatrics showed that 2 tsps of honey helped children with sore throats and coughs, especially when it came to sleeping at night.
2. Gargle with salt water. Mix about 1 tsp of sea salt with warm water and gargle for 30 seconds. Repeat throughout the day as needed. How effective is this home remedy? A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005 followed test subjects during the winter. Those who were instructed to gargle three times per day, even while healthy, had a nearly 40% reduction in upper respiratory tract infections over the control group, that didn’t gargle at all. The gargling may have helped fend off viruses and bacteria by preventing the buildup of mucus where the microbes could take up residence.
If you continue to have a sore throat, or it’s accompanied by a fever or any sort of discharge, get yourself to a doctor.
This past Friday I got a call from my son’s school. He was sick and I needed to pick him up. A quick trip to the doctor revealed he had tonsillitis and possibly strep. They swabbed him and we should hear back any day. With a prescription for an antibiotic in hand, we headed home.
I debated filling the script and ended up filling it. The doctor told me that tonsillitis is often self limiting, meaning that my son would probably feel better with or without antibiotics within a few days. I decided to wait 24 hours to see if he felt better, and thankfully, he did.
Here is what we did in lieu of antibiotics, to help my son feel better.
1. Warm soothing liquids, including homemade chicken soup. I used lots of garlic, onion and real chicken. Continue reading “Sore Throat Remedies”
Don’t you hate when you start to feel that little tickle in your throat? It is especially heartbreaking when it affects your little ones. Well, researchers from Israel have found that a spoonful of honey may be the best medicine. They found that a 10 gram dose (about 2 tsps) of honey before bedtime in a group of children aged 1 to 5 helped relieved symptoms of the common cold. They believe honey’s antioxidant and antimicrobial properties may promote sleep and reduce those stubborn coughs. Continue reading “Soothe a Sore Throat”