For most of the women pregnancy comes along with morning sickness, vomiting, giddiness etc, apart from all these, dealing with sore throat becomes more difficult. Sore throat is basically inflammation that is caused due to any viral or bacterial infection.
Sore throat can lead to swollen tonsils, difficulty in swallowing, severe throat pain, hoarseness and sometimes it mat even lead to ear pain. Even though medications and antibiotics can treat this condition easily, but many medicines may not be safe during pregnancy.
In order to get rid of all the discomfort caused due to sore throat during pregnancy you can follow the below mentioned home remedies. These can be followed by children and men as well.
Home Remedies For Sore Throat
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Ginger is naturally loaded with certain properties such as volatile oil and phenolic, that can treat sore throat that is caused due to acid re flux during pregnancy. Ginger has anti bacterial ,anti viral and anti fungal properties that helps to combat nausea and vomiting as well as helps in reducing inflammation.
All you need to do is prepare ginger tea by adding one teaspoon of grated ginger or a small piece of ginger to a glass of warm water. Let the ginger steep for few minutes, strain and drink this tea warm only.
You can enjoy this tea twice a day. Make sure you use ginger in moderate amount, too much of ginger during pregnancy can be harmful.
2. Salt Water Gargle
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One of the safest way to treat sore throat during pregnancy is gargling with warm salt water. It can sooth your throat by removing the irritants that causes sore throat as well as loosen the mucus. Salt water has anti septic properties that clears out all infection as well as restricts the growth of bacteria.
For this you need to take lukewarm water and add one teaspoon of salt to it, stir it well and then gargle with this water. You can do in 2-3 times a day.
3. Turmeric Milk
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Turmeric contains certain compounds that helps in treating sore throat and is safe to use during pregnancy, but in moderation. Turmeric contains anti septic and anti microbial properties that helps to loosen the mucus and treats the inflammation of the membranes. It gives calming effect to throat and even reduces cough.
For preparing turmeric milk, heat a cup of milk and then add one forth tea spoon of turmeric powder, stir it well and then drink it warm. You can add a bit of sugar as well.
4. Hot Chicken Soup
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Drinking or eating something warm can give soothing effect to throat and helps in treating sore throat. Chicken soup has got anti inflammatory properties that helps to fight against infection, it has also got nutrients that helps to improve the immune system and prevents the entry of harmful bacteria in body.
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Steam inhalation is one of the best remedy to treat sore throat. This remedy allow you to breath easily as well as gives you sound sleep. Use a steamer for inhaling the steam, but if you dont have one then you can take it in home style.
Boil half a liter of water such that it should have steam. Now remove the water container from stove, add few drops of any essential oil, cover your head with a towel or thick cloth and then bend down to inhale the steam.
Apart from the above mentioned remedies you can even you some of the below mentioned remedies.
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Lukewarm water is very helpful in treating sore throat.
- Use humidifier as breathing in humid air can treat sore throat, it will also give you undisturbed sleep and sound sleep is very necessary for quick recovery.
- Avoid having caffeinated drinks.
- Avoid using other persons towels, cups or other things who have sore throat, you may also get infected.
- Eat diet rich in vitamins and minerals.
- If the problem continues for longer tine then do consult your doctor.