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What should I do to my surroundings to keep my sore throat moist?

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Use a cool-mist humidifier at night. The added moisture in your bedroom will keep the air, your nose, and your throat from getting too dry.

Stay away from tobacco smoke. It can irritate the lining of your throat and make pain worse, even if you breathe in another smoker's fumes.

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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