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14 March 2005 @ 11:42 pm
General "shout out" for help...  
I've had alternately a sore throat or a scratchy throat off and on for about 3 weeks. Cough drops don't really solve the scratchy throat thing though, and it's getting pretty freakin' annoying. What do y'all suggest for a scratchy throat?? Over the counter, preferably, can't afford a doctor visit...
 
 
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Cat Attackcat_attack on March 15th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
Water doesn't hurt... maybe a nice herbal tea? I find warm liquids to be soothing for an itchy throat.
Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
I'll try that now, thanks!
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Agent 27witherwings7 on March 15th, 2005 09:06 am (UTC)
Dr. Me prescribes tea with honey in it :)
Fritters: Ed Peering by Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 10:27 am (UTC)
I'm honey-free. Perhaps Mistah Boyfriend can get some tomorrow on the way home. Thanks!!
The Voice Of Reason: o_o!ellonwye on March 15th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
Ice cream! ICE CREAM CURES ALL!

Or, at least.. it doesn't hurt to eat it. Until you get brainfreeze. :(
Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAhahahahah... I can't eat ice cream the entire time I'm awake ^_^ Even if it didn't go to my waist, it would get expensive!
aka DevilWoman, the Thrower of (plot)Bunniesjebbypal on March 15th, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Gargling w/ hot salt water.
Fritters: Ed Confused by Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Now I've always thought that the whole point of doing that was to get the salt to the back of your throat, right? So, if I'm the sort who eats salt straight anyways, wouldn't it be better to not dilute it?
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"You know, that snake girl...": rose petalsthatsnakegirl on March 15th, 2005 01:14 pm (UTC)
toast, crackers, chips. Salty crunchy things are a comfort to a sore throat.
Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
Okay, that makes sense. I'd probably go to sunflower seeds, since they're low carb and I can eat buttloads without getting full.... Thankfully, those are in the house...
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Pharfigpharfig on March 15th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
I find that a shot of tequila works wonders. I'm sure it has something to do with the burn :-)
Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I could do that! I'm thinking it also has to do with the killing of bacteria as well, though. I've actually been drinking pickle juice occasionally, because I know vinegar kills bacteria as well....
Nikki Fayre: Zen - c/o Frittersnfayre on March 15th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Any idea what's causing the sore throat? I realised mine's due to sinus drainage. If it's the same with yours, gargle with salt water (as hot as you can stand), and try some decongestants. Just remember what happened to me! Don't stay on them too long...

If it's really dry in your home, try setting up a vaporiser, or putting a pot of water to boil on the stove (don't let it boil dry). Drink lots of water. Fizzy stuff might also help (ginger ale, 7-Up or Sprite).

If it's cold related, eat lots of oranges and garlic (this was told to me by a doctor when I was a teenager. Garlic really works...). Last time I flet really icky, I ate a head of roasted garlic a day for three days, and I felt way better :) Probably smelled though. Ah well.

Hope you feel better soon.
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
I don't really know what's causing it! I HAVE been getting the occasional sinus headache, but I'm not sure if it's more than normal or not. Only other symptom is the massive sore throat on waking. I've been taking echinacea, but keep forgetting to be really regular about it. I need to move the bottle where I can see it better.

Why not stay on decongestants too long? My allergist said that the whole decongestants causing infections things was bunk. Same with antihistamines. But mainly I haven't taken any of those things much because they tend to put me to sleep for four hours.

postrophe, is it dry in our house? I can never tell.... spazzychic?

The garlic part sounds like loads of fun ^_^ We've got this big ass jar of the stuff ^_^

Great suggestions, thanks hon!
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Inayah: Dove by Icon_goddessinayah_az on March 15th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
Boil cinnamon sticks. Strain the liquid and use it as a tea. Add some honey and some lemon juice. This has worked for me since I was a kid and it tastes yummy.
Fritters: Where's My Tea? by Frittersfritters on March 15th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC)
I've actually got some strong cinnamon tea that ladypixel gave me, would that work as well you think?
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AlucarDmilesaroo on March 15th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
Hm... not too sure really. Ive had a sore throat but not a scratchy one i think. Normaly your the one that knows about illness and cures and things so im sure youll find something out ^_^
Frittersfritters on March 16th, 2005 01:06 am (UTC)
I know about all that? I had no idea!
Lady Pixelladypixel on March 16th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
You mention a sore or scratchy throat, but that's not descriptive enough, so let me ask you a couple questions:

Is it a dry throat issue (ie: when you breathe through your mouth it feels as though your throat is dry and scratchy)?

Is it a wet throat issue (ie: you're coughing a lot due to sinus/chest inflammation/etc, and your throat hurts from the repetitive coughing)?


If it's dry-throat related, avoid alcohol; that will continue to dry your throat. Drink hot tea with honey. Avoid salt; that also dries the throat. Some lozenges may assist, but what would help more would be a humidifier and/or lots of warm liquids. Milk works, too; it's thick and tends to soothe.

If it's wet-throat related, avoid milk or honey because those will merely compound the problem - both of them tend to coat the throat. Honey will not be as bad as milk, however - milk promotes mucus, whereas honey merely is a thick sugar compound. You want something that's a decongestant; you need something to clear those nasal passages and/or break up the clogging that's going on in your chest. Vapo-rubs and the like might not be a bad idea. Avoid incense or cigarette smoke as much as is possible (and yes, I do know it's not entirely possible as you live with a smoker), as that will merely irritate your lungs or sinuses more. My favorite option for this is to take a bunch of white sage and boil the heck out of it (dry white sage is fine for this use), and then breathe the steam from it; it tends to ease the symptoms while breaking up the congestion.

Regardless of which problem you have, cinnamon is fine to use and is an antibacterial compound (but it's also a mild stimulant, so be forewarned about that). Chamomile is also a mild antibacterial (and a mild relaxant). Most black teas also are antibacterial. Peppermint, while not antibacterial, has a cooling and soothing aspect on the throat which can be helpful.

Be wary of echinacea or other compounds which "ease colds". In many cases, the recommended usage is not what most herbalists would recommend. While these compounds (especially Airborne, which is one of my favorites) are functional, they are limited in their scope and in the duration that you should use it. In most cases, never take one of these compounds for more than a week at most - because overusage won't help.

Dose up more on vitamin C, regardless of its origin. Citric acids (i.e. orange juice) are high in vitamin C, plus the citric acid can have a beneficial effect on the throat. (Avoid pulp, though, as it can make you cough more.) But don't just rely on OJ; take vitamin pills as well. Vitamin C isn't something you can overdose on, and your body uses tons of it while trying to heal.

Now, onto coughing: coughing is generally caused by a mere handful of things. The two most common are congestion or irritation. If your cough is entirely due to the irritation, using the dry-throat methods above will probably help you to lose that cough, which will help the throat heal. If your cough is due to congestion, though - try the wet-throat options, but if it doesn't completely go away, you may want to opt for other possibilities to break up that congestion. Sudafed or other options are ok for the short-term, but they don't last... and in many cases, they don't relieve the congestion, they just suppress its effects for a while. Your body needs to have the time to heal whatever's got you going without interference, so try as much as possible to avoid stuff like Sudafed whenever you can.

And I'm gonna shut up now. :)
Frittersfritters on March 16th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Lord criminey you're helpful!!

I'm not coughing or phlegmy at all, so it's probably dry. Avoiding salt is pretty much asking the pope not to pray, but I like the tea and milk products idea. I've been pudding it up a bit lately...

I don't actually HAVE any coughing or congestion. It's not a cold. It's JUST sore/itchy throat with occasional sinus headaches. And I'm not even sure the headches are related, I get those anyways.

So you think I'm not getting anything from echinacea capsules?

So tea, milkey stuff, and c and orange juice and such?

NFayre suggested sudafed for the post nasal drip making my throat sore. Or at least I THINK that's what's doing it. You think no sudafed?
lironesslironess on March 16th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
Itchy to me says allergies. I take cheep (5.49/100 at kaiser, I can get you some) generic claritin every day to combat my cat allergies. I was worried about takeing them for a long period but my dr says that is what they are designed for. Asthma firmly under control with that and the inhailers.
Frittersfritters on March 16th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
I can get claritin cheap, too, but it never did much for me. I was put on allegra and something else, too, and they never stopped the post nasal drip.... This is back when I had insurance, FYI....