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How do I keep my sore throat moist?

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Soothe your sore throat by sipping plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Warm drinks -- not hot ones -- also help. Try broth or herbal tea with honey or lemon. Caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda may dehydrate you, so skip them.

Suck on a throat lozenge, crushed ice, ice pop, or a piece of hard candy to get your saliva flowing. Try a peppermint since its main ingredient, menthol, thins mucus and helps break up it up.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Sore Throats."

National Institutes of Health, News In Health: "Soothing a Sore Throat."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Sore Throat."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Peppermint."

Mossad, S. 1996. Annals of Internal Medicine,

WholeHealth Chicago: The Center for Integrative Medicine.

Thomas, M. October 2000. British Journal of General Practice,

Schapowal, A. 2009. European Journal of Medical Research,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Sore Throats."

National Institutes of Health, News In Health: "Soothing a Sore Throat."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Sore Throat."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Peppermint."

Mossad, S. 1996. Annals of Internal Medicine,

WholeHealth Chicago: The Center for Integrative Medicine.

Thomas, M. October 2000. British Journal of General Practice,

Schapowal, A. 2009. European Journal of Medical Research,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2019

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