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How can I treat a sore or scratchy throat at home?

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Gargling with warm salt water moistens your sore or scratchy throat and brings temporary relief. Try a half teaspoon of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of warm water four times a day.

To calm the tickle in your throat, try a gargle made from tea. Or use one that's got honey in it.

From: Home Remedies for Colds WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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CDC. eMedicine Health: "Colds Treatment: Self-Care at Home." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." American Lung Association: "The Common Cold." National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." MedicineNet: "Cold, Flu, Allergy." UptoDate.com: The common cold in adults: Treatment and Prevention. Linus Pauling Institute. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.







Reviewed by William Blahd on December 4, 2016

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