What helps a SEVERE sore throat? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 12:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
RachelGS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: In a state of perpetual disbelief
Posts: 6,509
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm actually thinking I should get a strep test tomorrow, but in the meantime, what can I do? I can barely swallow, and it just feels like someone has scraped my throat with razors. Otherwise I'm basically okay-- very mildly congested and my ears are popping a bit. But the throat-- YIKES. I feel horrible.
RachelGS is offline  
#2 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 12:16 PM
 
hotmamacita's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 7,210
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Okay, pure OJ, lots of water, ZINC, echanachea and SLEEP/REST.

Get you some zinc losenges (sp?) too.

hth,
hotmamacita is offline  
#3 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 12:49 PM
 
Trishy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: BFE, Kentucky
Posts: 11,631
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you aren't vegetarian try drinking some hot chicken broth. It hurts at first but then it really soothes a lot. I keep lots of chicken broth for when I am sick.
Trishy is offline  
#4 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 01:57 PM
 
shelbean91's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 9,442
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hot tea; gargling with salt water (don't remember why this works- but it helps me)

Michelle -mom to Katlyn 4/00 , Jake 3/02, and Seth 5/04
shelbean91 is offline  
#5 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 02:53 PM
 
shantimama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 10,976
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Lots of rest, fluids inwhatever form you can handle - herbal tea, broth, ice chips.

Please get a swab done tomorrow - strep isn't always but can be serious. A few years ago I went from how you are feeling today to being admitted to the hospital for 5 days in just 24 hours. Even breathing was painful and I was so out of it mentally that I didn't even notice I was seriously dehydrated with a sky-high fever. I was just feeling crummy and thinking "it's only a sore throat" but aparently when I awoke from a nap I had gone to a whole new level of being sick and was too sick to notice - dh was out of town so fortunately a friend came over and took over - got the kids to bed, me to the ER. Ever since then strep hits me hard and fast - my doctor and I know that I have to get on antibiotics withing a couple of hours of the first twinge (I can recognize the difference between a strep sore throat and a cold sore throatnow) or else I am in the hospital struggling. For some reason strep is very invasive to me - it is kind of scary to be honest.
shantimama is online now  
#6 of 16 Old 02-15-2004, 02:57 PM
 
hvl25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Posts: 1,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PROPOLIS, PROPOLIS, PROPOLIS ~!!!!! I take it for everything. They also make a propolis throat spray that tastes awful but really helps alot, its made from herbpharm, you get it at the HFS. I take 2 propolis about every 2-4 hours when I am really sick and usually feel better within 1-2 days. Hope you feel better soon.
hvl25 is offline  
#7 of 16 Old 02-16-2004, 06:58 AM
 
Katana's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: on the decks
Posts: 2,989
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gargling with hydrogen peroxide three times a day always helps me.

Also, a shot glass of pure brandy is quite amazing as well. The higher the proof the better.
Katana is offline  
#8 of 16 Old 02-16-2004, 12:32 PM
 
mama2annabelle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: florida
Posts: 693
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I swear by grapefruit seed extract. It completely gets rids of a sore throat within hours for me and it doesn't come back! Just two days ago I had a terrible sore throat...hurt to swallow, hurt to talk. I mixed 3 drops of GSE in 5 ounces of water, gargled slowly letting it linger at the back of my throat and swallowed. It took about four mouthfuls to get it all down. (Warning: the stuff tastes NASTY but it really works). I took a nap and when I woke up a couple hours later the sore throat was GONE! And it's been two days and it hasn't been back!

GSE is a highly potent germ killer and can even kill strep. Do a google search for more info if you're interested. There's lots of information about it on the web.

I hope you start feeling better soon.
mama2annabelle is offline  
#9 of 16 Old 03-12-2004, 05:11 AM
 
sea island mama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Richmond, BC
Posts: 1,538
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by mama2annabelle
I swear by grapefruit seed extract. It completely gets rids of a sore throat within hours for me and it doesn't come back! Just two days ago I had a terrible sore throat...hurt to swallow, hurt to talk. I mixed 3 drops of GSE in 5 ounces of water, gargled slowly letting it linger at the back of my throat and swallowed. It took about four mouthfuls to get it all down. (Warning: the stuff tastes NASTY but it really works). I took a nap and when I woke up a couple hours later the sore throat was GONE! And it's been two days and it hasn't been back!

GSE is a highly potent germ killer and can even kill strep. Do a google search for more info if you're interested. There's lots of information about it on the web.
Do you really *have* to gargle with it ? It really is !! I have been really congested for about a week now & started getting a sore throat as well. I gargled with some (I can't remember now how many drops - maybe 20-30?? - in a glass of water) a few times a day for a couple of days & I think it was getting better. Then I bought some tablets a couple of days ago thinking they would work as well without making me want to :Puke. It is getting worse again now, so I did gargle/hold it at the back of my throat & swallow a couple of times just now.
I also can't lie down without coughing now, so I was up until after 2:00 AM this morning before I thought to prop myself up : .
Anyway, I'm just wondering at what point I should go to the dr. if it is strep that's not going away.

Helen wash.gif Homeschooling Mama to Nicola photosmile2.gif 07/00 , Daniel kewl.gif 05/03 & cat.gifX2...and hug.gif with Barry caffix.gif since 08/87
sea island mama is offline  
#10 of 16 Old 03-12-2004, 05:39 AM
 
AahRee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Seattle-ish
Posts: 1,097
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Gargling with warm salt water, or warm water and baking soda, works well for me when I have a sore throat. Also, warm tea with honey can be very soothing.

Anne wife to Phil & mama to Katie
Velvet Blue ::: Seattle Baby/Child/Family Portraits
AahRee is offline  
#11 of 16 Old 03-12-2004, 12:00 PM
 
moma justice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: in the mountains!!!!!!!!!!!
Posts: 1,432
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
slippery elm bark tea
works like a charm
buy the bark in shave form not powder and add about 2 tblspoons to a mug of boiled water
dink the tea and the hydrated bark!
moma justice is offline  
#12 of 16 Old 03-12-2004, 03:51 PM
 
Scout's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Midwest
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Traditional Medicinals makes a *fantastic* tea called Throat Coat, and another called Herba Tussin. I had the absolute worst sore throat I've ever had last year, for an entire week it hurt to swallow. I was miserable! I had a strep test that came back negative, but man, it hurt soooo bad! Throat Coat saved me!

Good luck. I hope you feel better soon!

~Scout
Scout is offline  
#13 of 16 Old 03-18-2004, 01:04 AM
 
Aaudreysmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oregon
Posts: 720
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Boil a little water, add a spoon of honey and a spoon of lemmon juice. Oh it fells much better.
Aaudreysmom is offline  
#14 of 16 Old 03-18-2004, 02:02 AM
 
mamajo2004's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: NM
Posts: 190
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Put a few tsp. of apple cider vinegar in hot tea and honey. You can also gargle it, just add a few tsp. to a glass of water.
mamajo2004 is offline  
#15 of 16 Old 03-18-2004, 02:14 AM
 
BusyMommy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 9,943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I second the GSE! Tastes like cr*p, though, unfortunately.

Also, we LOVE the Throat Coat tea. I thought it was Yogi, but likely is Trad. Med.
BusyMommy is offline  
#16 of 16 Old 03-18-2004, 08:53 PM
 
Maeve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 4,340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I usually make a tea with 1 tsp sage, 2 tbs slippery elm, 1 tbs sage, and 1 tbs hyssop (you can also add licorice if you don't have high blood pressure) in a quart of boiling water, then strain and drink. I put the rest in the fridge for later.

You can also make something for a sore throat with thyme and honey. You add an ounce of thyme to a cup of boiling water and let cool. When cool, add to a cup of honey and ix well. Store in a glass jar in the fridge (can be stored for a few months). Then take 1 tsp to 1 tbs when needed. Helps with the sore throat, plus it's antimicrobial (sp?) and antibacterial).

I've also heard that GSE works really well, but I haven't tried it yet.
Maeve is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off