What is a Sore Throat?
Many people get sore throats, particularly right before or during the onset of a cold or the flu. Also known as pharyngitis, a sore throat is the result of the tonsils in the pharynx becoming inflamed and irritated from a bacterial infection, a viral infection, or other irritants. Some of the organisms known to instigate a sore throat include the adenovirus, mononucleosis, the Epstein-Barr virus, and streptococcus. While viral and bacterial infections account for many cases of sore throat, the condition can also be caused by prolonged straining of the vocal cords and throat muscles and have nothing to do with bodily invaders. A severe sore throat may cause a temporary loss of voice.
How can I treat Sore Throat?
Traditional Chinese medicine considers a sore throat to be the result of a pathogenic heat, and the heat needs to be cooled and the pathogens expelled. This happens through the use of remedies such as herbal sprays and solutions that relieve the inflammation, as well as consuming cooling foods such as dandelions, mint, scallions, apples, pears, rose hips, and either warm or room temperature water. Other remedies include drinking pear juice, slowly swallowing a tablespoon of honey, and eating thin slices of sweet lemons with the peel and a pinch of salt. Colds and other conditions that create a sore throat can be prevented with moderate cardiovascular exercise and tai chi or qi gong.
What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Sore Throat?
It is important to avoid things that irritate the throat, including oily and greasy foods, spicy foods, shellfish, alcohol, smoking, dry and dusty conditions, stress, and overexertion.
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