Tips for Cold and Sore throat
Most people suffer from a sore throat and cold at one time or another; this is more frequent during the winters. Sore throat is inability to swallow comfortable as the throat is either itching or scratching, and most times there is pain. Cold and flu are the most common causes of this sore throat. A sore throat which is viral in nature resolves on its own without any medication needed.
The symptoms of a sore throat largely depend on the cause. Some of these symptoms might include difficulty in swallowing, swollen and red tonsils, a muffled or hoarse voice, worsening of pain when talking or even swallowing, swollen glands in the jaw or the neck or pus and white patches on the tonsils.
Most often you can get relief from the discomfort of a sore throat with homemade ingredients. These remedies eliminate the need of consulting a doctor or having the OTC medications. Natural remedies are any time better than any chemical medication used.
Avoiding Specific Foods:
You need to ensure you avoid certain types of foods so that you can get the required relief from your sore throat.
- Cheese and Milk:
Though cheese and milk are considered as healthy and nutritious additions for a healthy diet, they are inappropriate during the sore throat episode. This is milk and cheese can only add to the discomfort as they tend to increase the inflammation and worsen the mucous.
- Fried foods:
Deep-fried food, like French fries, are a definite ‘NO’ when you are suffering from a sore throat. These fried foods can bring down the required immunity as these are difficult to digest when you are going through any sort of viral infection.
- Citrus Fruits:
Citrus fruits like kinnows, sweet lime or oranges can only increase the throat irritation and thus need to be eliminated from your diet at this time.
- Fruit Juices and sugary sodas:
High sugar foods can bring down the immunity and thus need to be avoided when you are suffering from a sore throat or any type of viral infection. These drinks can also lead to acidity due to the carbonation and fizz.
Probiotics are definitely a requirement for the immunity but consuming yogurt during any sort of sore throat only increases the phlegm in the chest and cause additional discomfort. This is best avoided during this time.
Spices to Avoid:
Avoiding specific spices when you are suffering from flu or a sore throat can help in the process of healing. Dried pomegranate powder, aamchoor powder, tamarind powder and chaat masalas are some of the spices which need to be eliminated for the required comfort. Spices which are tangy or sour tend to worsen the pain when you suffer from a sore throat.
There are multiple choices you can decide on when you are going through the painful episode of a sore throat. These include ginger and honey concoction, hot ginger soups and also herbal teas.