Sunday, March 2, 2014

3 Home Remedies For Strep Throat

Who does not have an experience of being affected by the painful and itchy Strep throat? Most a time we run to the doctor to get an antibiotic prescribed against it and the symptoms will start subsiding within a day or two. But do know that you don't always need to take an antibiotic to get the infection cured. There are a number of home remedies that can relieve it and take care of the problems associated with it.
Almost everyone you meet will be ready to give you their suggestion on how to treat your strep throat, leaving you more confused as to what to try on yourself. But remember, though there are a hundred and one strep throat remedy out there, not all of them are very effective and most just provide momentary relief.
Here let's see the best three home remedy that indeed works for Strep throat and has helped many before you. But first let's know what infection actually is and what causes it.
What is Strep Throat?
Strep Throat sometimes mistaken to be Sore throat is actually a bacterial infection of the throat caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or the A group Streptococcus. It is so very common that almost everyone might have got hit by it a number of times when young and some of you might be having it even now, to be searching on the internet for the remedies.
Strep infection of the throat is usually associated with swelling at the back of your throat, white spots at the back of the throat, pain while swallowing, inflamed tonsils and loss of appetite (please don't get it mixed up with sore throat which shows similar symptoms).
Preferring Home Remedies for Strep Throat
Home remedies against Strep throat do work wonders if used properly and the good things about these remedies are; the items for the treatment can be easily found at your kitchen cabinet and they cause no side effects at all. These home remedies can also be used in combination with the prescribed medicines if the infection has advanced further.
Here are three home remedies you can try at home the next time you are infected and believe me; you will be amazed by the results.
1 Yes you Knew it; the salt water Gargle
Gargling slightly warm salt water as most of us know can relieve the discomfort and itchiness caused by the Strep throat. Salt can take out the fluid from the swelling in your throat and also kill the bacteria which cause the infection thus helping you to get rid of the infection faster. Adding a few drops of lemon juice to the 'magical portion' can also help. Gargling also flushes out the toxins and the bacteria near the throat, so some even recommend plain water gargling. So gargle at least three times a day and find your way out of the infection.
2 The sweet home remedy for Strep throat
Honey has been proven way to relieve strep throat; mix a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of ginger liquid and take it three times a day and see how fast it soothes your problem. You can even sip in lime juice sweetened with honey or warm water with honey and lime to get rid of the inflammation and infection caused by those little bad bacteria.
3 Sip in some sage Tea
Sage is known for its anti inflammatory and antibacterial property and sipping in sage tea can give you an instant relief from the irritation and pain caused from the Strep infection. Boil the sage leaves and fennel seeds in water for a few minutes and take the preparation as tea to get rid of the strep throat. You can also make sage leaf gargle by adding a teaspoon of cedar vinegar into your sage tea mix.
So try these out at the first sign of strep throat infection and get cured in just two or three days.
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