The pain in your throat is caused by swallowing air. This happens when you swallow water, especially when you are thirsty. Here are a few ways to relieve the pain of the throat from swallowing air:
Drink a glass of water, but don’t swallow. Then, drink another glass of water without swallowing. Repeat this process until you have had no more water.
Try sucking on ice chips or frozen gum (don’t chew on the ice).
- Try drinking a glass of warm or cold water.
- Try sucking on ice chips or frozen gum.
How can I relieve the pain in my throat when I swallow?
If you have a sore throat, try these tips:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Try sucking on ice chips or a piece of frozen gum.
- Drink tea with honey.
- Drink hot water.
- Swallow a cough drop.
- Gargle with salt water.
What to do if the pain in your throat is caused by acid reflux
Acid reflux is the medical term for heartburn. This is a common condition that occurs when the acid-producing cells in the stomach are irritated or overactive. This can cause the lining of the stomach to become inflamed and irritated. This causes the stomach to produce extra acid, which can irritate the esophagus and create a burning sensation in the throat.
Here are some ways to relieve the pain of the throat from acid reflux:
- Eat smaller meals throughout the day.
- Avoid foods that cause heartburn.
- Don’t eat after 2 p.m.
- Chew gum.
- Gargle with a salt water solution.
What to do if the pain in your throat is caused by a cold or flu
Cold and flu symptoms are often similar. They can include:
- A sore throat
- A headache
- A cough
- Body aches
- A runny nose
If you have a sore throat caused by a cold or flu, here are a few tips to ease the pain in the throat:
- Drink water
- Take an over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).
- Don’t smoke.
If the pain in your throat is caused by food poisoning
Food poisoning is a bacterial infection that can occur when the bacteria Salmonella enter your body through contaminated food or water. Symptoms may include:
If you have these symptoms, it is a good idea to call your doctor.
- Drink lots of water or water with electrolytes.
- Drink herbal teas, such as chamomile or fennel.
What to do if the pain in your throat is caused by a virus
If you have a sore throat caused by a virus, here are a few tips that may help:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Use an OTC pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Take an antiviral medication, such as acyclovir (Zovirax).
- Use a humidifier to help with the symptoms of a viral infection.
What to do when the pain in your throat is caused by a throat infection
Throat infections can be caused by a number of bacteria, viruses, and other organisms. Symptoms of a throat infection can include:
- A sore, painful throat
You may be able to reduce throat pain by taking OTC pain relievers. You may also be able to reduce throat pain by gargling with warm salt water.
- Gargle with warm salt water.
- Drink warm tea.
- Take OTC pain relievers.
- Use cough drops.
- Use throat lozenges.
- Drink warm water.
- Use a humidifier.
Also, avoid sharing food, drinks, and utensils.
It’s also important to avoid sharing personal care items, such as toothbrushes, razors, and hairbrushes.
- Don’t share toothbrushes.
- Don’t share razors or hairbrushes.
When to see a doctor?
Any time you have pain in your throat, it’s time to call your doctor. Some throat pain can be a symptom of a serious condition. It’s important to get this checked out if you have any of the following:
- A sore throat that lasts more than a few days
- A sore throat that is severe
- A fever
- A cough that won’t go away
- A body ache that doesn’t go away
- A rash
- Difficulty breathing
- A seizure
- A stiff neck
- A swollen lymph node
- Trouble swallowing
How do I know if I need to see a doctor?
If you are having trouble breathing or have a sore throat and a fever, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Seek immediate medical care if you have any of the following signs in addition to a sore throat:
- A fever that is higher than 103 F (39.4 C)
- A stiff or painful neck
- Bluish-colored urine
- A change in voice
- A stiffening of the abdomen
- A severe headache that is coming on quickly
- A rapid heartbeat
You should also call the doctor if a fever lasts longer than three days.
Take control of your health.
When you are sick, it’s easy to allow yourself to become overwhelmed. Let’s take a moment to remember that the best way to feel better is to take care of yourself. It’s important to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep to help you recover.
You may also find it helpful to take steps to reduce your stress and anxiety. It’s important to practice stress relief strategies, such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing techniques.
The bottom line
If you’re having trouble breathing, it’s important to take care of yourself. Here are a few tips to help you feel better.
If you suspect that you have a sore throat, call your doctor. They can help you identify the cause of your symptoms and help you to take the appropriate treatment.
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