Ease Your Sore Throat with Tips from Your San Jose Dentist

A sore throat can indicate more than a simple cold; it could also result from strep throat, tonsillitis, or a bacterial or viral infection. Whatever the cause, the discomfort of a sore throat is typically too much to ignore. San Jose dentist Dr. Randall LaFrom offers these tips for sore throat relief at home. If your condition persists, however, speak with your physician as soon as possible.

Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

  • Like most health issues, a sore throat will require you to get plenty of sleep, which will allow your body to fight the symptoms and grant you the chance to rest your voice.
  • Dehydration can wear your body down and exacerbate your throat issues. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated and moisten the soft tissue of your throat.
  • Aside from water, warm liquids like soup broth, caffeine-free tea, or warm water with honey can help ease your throat’s discomfort. Cold treats such as popsicles can also offer comfort.
  • Lozenges (i.e. cough drops) are made for sore throat relief, and most of them are pretty successful. However, many cough drops contain large amounts of sugar, and some are acidic, so drink water with your cough drop to reduce your chances of developing tooth decay.
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, can help minimize the ache in your throat. If you have any medication allergies, ask your doctor for a recommendation.
  • Try to steer clear of irritants such as tobacco smoke or strong chemical cleaners. These can aggravate your sore throat, making the symptom worse and possibly exacerbating the underlying condition.
  • Moist air can also improve your throat’s condition. Use a cool-air humidifier to eliminate the dry air, or try sitting in a steamy bathroom for a few moments.

See Your Dentist

In some cases, a sore throat can result from a bump or tumor, which may signify a serious health condition such as oral cancer. If you suspect your sore throat may be more than a cold, schedule an oral cancer screening with Dr. LaFrom at our Silicon Valley dentist office by calling (408) 996-8595. We serve patients from Cupertino, Saratoga, Campbell, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Santa Clara County, and the surrounding communities.

~ by cupertinodentist on December 8, 2012.

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