At-Home Remedies for a Sore Throat

Sore throats are caused from a variety of sources including viruses, bacterial infections or allergies. You can turn to home remedies to treat the symptoms of your sore throat and boost your recovery.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Take an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin for pain relief. Follow the recommended dosage written on the label, and do not give aspirin to children. You can also suck on a cough drop or hard candy. According to Medline Plus, cough drops or hard candy increases saliva in the mouth, which can help soothe a sore throat. The website does not recommend giving children cough drops because of the choking risk. Sucking on a popsicle or ice cubes may provide the same type of relief as a cough drop or hard candy.


Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated. Increased mucus production from the sore throat can sap your body of fluids. To help relieve pain, add honey and lemon to a glass of water. The mixture will coat your throat while helping to prevent mucus production.


The Mayo Clinic recommends adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a glass of water and gargling the mixture to clear out mucus in the throat and to ease the pain associated with a sore throat. Gargle with the mixture several times a day as needed.


Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps prevent your throat from drying, according to the Mayo Clinic. Use a humidifier in any room you spend a great amount of time in, such as the bedroom, to provide you relief as you sleep.


Smokers should stop smoking when fighting a sore throat and nonsmokers should avoid smokers and other air irritants, such as car exhaust. Air irritants can increase the pain associated with a sore throat.


Get plenty of rest to help your throat heal and your body recover if your sore throat is caused by illness. If the sore throat lasts for several days and shows no improvement, visit your doctor. The underlying cause of the sore throat may be serious and require prescribed medication.

About this Author

William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including “The Daily Journal,” “Ocular Surgery News,” “Endocrine Today,” radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.