Pharyngitis: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Salt water – will soothe the throat and reduce inflammation.(gargle)
  • Honey and lemon – honey helps soothe irritated tissues, lemon helps break up mucous, which can help if you also have cold symptoms
  • Water and other fluids – increasing your fluid intake will help keep your throat lubricated and moist, which will make swallowing easier. Fluids help prevent dehydration, which is often a concern when you are ill
  • Warm soups – can help prevent white blood cells from causing inflammation.
  • Ginger- fight symptoms of sore throat as it contains antioxidant properties
  • Soft foods- easy-to-swallow foods until you feel better. These include soup, apple sauce, and mashed potatoes
Foods to be avoided
  • Dry/fried foods
  • Citrus foods
  • Pickled foods
  • Foods having vinegar
  • Spicy food
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Yoga and Exercise

Lions breathe exercise

Home Remedies

  • Take plenty of rest (either in or out of bed)
  • Drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration
  • Gargling with warm salty water to ease throat pain
  • Drinking warm liquids (tea or broth) or eating gelatin desserts or flavoured ices to soothe the throat
  • Using a cool mist vaporizer to relieve throat dryness
  • Using non-prescription throat lozenges or anaesthetic throat sprays
  • Keep your home free from cigarette smoke and cleaning products that can irritate the throat.

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