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Do's and Dont's of Treating a Sore Throat

By Stepy Kamei

Virtually every single one of us has experienced a sore throat at some point or another. It's an uncomfortable issue that can be brought about by a cold, the flu, fatigue, or any one of many other reasons. It can be difficult to power through the irritation, especially if it becomes difficult to eat and drink, and you'll want to start feeling better sooner rather than later. Fortunately, there are choices you can make while you're sick that can help soothe your symptoms, while even working to shorten the time you experience the discomfort as well. Keep on reading to learn more about the best and worst actions you can take while dealing with a sore throat.

Do: Eat These Foods

Keeping in mind how difficult it can be to swallow food while dealing with a sore throat, you'll want to choose the right foods to consume as you wait for your condition to improve.

Generally, speaking, foods which are warm and soft are best when it comes to dealing with a sore throat. You don't want to irritate the lining of the throat and esophagus, and these types of foods will usually avoid any such irritation. Some people avoid eating as much as possible in order to avoid the pain, but this means you won't be getting the nutrition your body needs to fight off the infection or illness. Therefore, it's important to choose the right foods. Some good examples to keep in mind include oatmeal, yogurt, pasta, scrambled eggs, and mashed potatoes. You will find it's easier and less painful to swallow these types of foods.

Don't: Consume These Foods

Meanwhile, there are foods which will only serve to increase your sense of irritation. Hard and crunchy foods, such as crackers, bread, and chips are a bad idea. Acidic fruits and spicy meals are also best to be avoided, as they can lead to an increase in discomfort levels.

Do: Drink These Comforting Beverages

In keeping in line with the theme of sticking with warmth, warm beverages such as tea are a great choice to reduce inflammation and swelling in the throat.

Don't: Steer Clear of These Drinks 

On the other hand, be sure to avoid sugary drinks such as sodas and juices. Coffee may also further irritate your throat, so stick to tea for a boost in caffeine if needed.

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