Gargle of water and salt for sore throat

As we mentioned in a previous note, in which we were wondering whether to use Ibuprofen or paracetamol for sore throat, there is no doubt that the throat infection is one of the most common causes of sore throat. Generally this pain in turn leads to inflammation and redness, and in case its cause is a viral infection, also with pus production.

Regarding its causes, mainly these can be of two types: viral causes such as the flu, cold or mononucleosis, or bacterial causes, such as streptococcus, mycoplasma or hemophilus. In the first case there is no medical treatment to help cure the infection, since they are only treatments that help relieve and reduce symptoms. However, if the infection is bacterial, antibiotics do help cure it.

In case of sore throat caused by the flu, a cold, a common cold or a mononucleosis, there are certain natural remedies that help in a very positive way when it comes to relieving the discomfort that we can feel in those moments when we swallow a drink , simple saliva or some food.

An example is the gargle of warm water and salt, which help relieve pain practically from the first moment we perform gargles. We explain how to elaborate them.

Ingredients that you need

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Steps to gargle water and salt

  1. Put in a saucepan the equivalent of a cup of water, and heat the fire.
  2. When the water starts to heat remove from the fire.
  3. Put the warm water in a glass or cup and add the tablespoon of salt.
  4. Mix well.

How to perform gargles of warm water and salt to relieve throat pain

It is very simple: you just have to put some warm water and salt in your mouth and perform gargles, trying to take this water to the throat area but avoiding swallowing, keeping gargling for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat until the water is finished. Also, it is advisable to repeat several times a day.

Image | Rahim Packir Saibo This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

Home Remedies - Mayo Clinic (October 2019)