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Home Remedies for a Sore Throat and the Common Cold

Susan believes there is nothing more irritating than "interruptions" in sweet life. Using fact and humor, she loves sharing advice.


“I have a sore throat.” We have all experienced it, and we know that the sore throat can get worse and can turn into a common cold. Symptoms of a sore throat and symptoms of the common cold often start off similarly. First you are feeling fatigued and lethargic then a scratchy throat starts and maybe a sneeze or two. Oh no, here it comes.

How to Prevent the Sore Throat

As soon as you begin to feel the sore throat symptoms, try to rest as much as possible. I know, that is nearly impossible because we are all so busy. You must try, though, or you are going to get worse, and it will turn into the common cold. Before you know it, you are feeling lousy and either curled up in bed, which is where you should be, or passing it around to your coworkers.


Further Easy Home Remedies for the Sore Throat

You know the sore throat is right on the edge of turning into a full blown red swollen, hard to talk, hard to swallow miserable condition. Here are some steps using home remedies you can take (all or mixed) and save you some money that will go to the doctor if you do not get it under control:

  1. Drink as much water as you can. Hydrating your throat and body will help keep your throat tissue from becoming dry, and you will be flushing out the germs that started it.
  2. Drink hot green tea. You can get decaffeinated green tea in a variety of flavors. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that will help rid your body of the virus and germs causing your sore throat.
  3. Gargle with warm salt water four or five times throughout the day. The salt helps heal the surface of your throat, helping the inflammation go away.
  4. Take Ester-C. Ester-C is absorbed easily and should be in your daily vitamin intake, especially during sore throat and common cold season.
  5. Eat salted spicy salsa with chips. The vitamins in the tomatoes and the salt help you fight the sore throat with the methods listed above.
  6. Drink salted, spicy salsa juice. If you make homemade salsa, save your juice (it cans the same way as your tomato salsa). If not, Spicy V-8 with added salt will help.
  7. Drink orange juice for the vitamin C. You can also drink other juices with equivalent amounts of vitamin C.
  8. Rest, rest, rest. It seems impossible, and a sore throat and cold are never convenient, but better to rest and treat yourself with remedies early than to be completely down later.

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If You Did Not Prevent the Sore Throat and It Has Turned into the Common Cold

You know the feeling. The sore throat gets worse, your nose is running, you begin to sneeze, and you start to feel a rattling in your chest.

This is when you need to stay home.

Follow all the home remedies listed above to prevent the sore throat because you still have the symptoms and your immune system is down.

More Home Remedies for the Sore Throat Turned Common Cold

  1. Take a long, hot, steamy bath with treated menthol Epsom salts.
  2. Use good ole Vick’s Salve on your chest with a towel and a heat pad. This will help break up your congestion.
  3. Boil a pan of water, get a towel and create a tent over your head, and hold your face over the steam. This, too, will help break up congestion.
  4. Use a humidifier and stay in bed, in the recliner, or on the couch with a big fluffy blanket.
  5. Sleep as much as possible.
  6. Eat some chicken noodle soup, either the good chunky canned kind or the wonderful homemade chicken noodle soup your mom used to make.

Get Well Soon

All Is Well

Yes, there are many things you can do to prevent a sore throat and common cold, and there are many remedies if your sore throat turns into a common cold. If you eat right, get your daily vitamin C, rest, and drink lots of liquids to keep up your immune system; maybe you can avoid these nasty viruses before they hit.


Syra Jean Bergonia from Florentino st. Purok 4 Abra Santiago City Isabela, Philippines on August 26, 2017:

Thanks for sharing! More power.

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on April 04, 2012:

Homeremedies, so true, but so hard... LOL Of course, when I am sick, I would rather have the salsa. :-) Thanks so much for dropping by!

homeremedies0 on April 04, 2012:

very informative, and stay away from sugar

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on February 19, 2012:

Alecia, you know me and my salsa... I will do anything to include it my diet. It just happens to be true that it DOES help a sore throat and cold. I think all those vitamin C enriched ingredients is what it is.

Thanks for dropping by! :-)

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on February 19, 2012:

This is peak cold season which means these tips are not only handy but highly useful. I didn't know that about salsa, but any excuse to eat it is always welcomed. Great hub!

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on February 18, 2012:

Thanks, Alocsin! You cannot beat salsa! You know how I feel about that! LOL

Thanks for the votes and dropping by!! :-)

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 18, 2012:

Now I like the salsa with chips idea -- since those are enjoyable even without a cold. Voting this Up and Useful.

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on February 09, 2012:

Thomas, you make me laugh!! I would try to avoid hair with those nicotine patches, too. I would avoid all machete fights - possibly this will keep you from getting a cold. I should add this idea to the hub... ;-)

Yes, I see where Nebraska has been much colder than MO. We have had a mild winter - so far...

It was my pleasure that you dropped by!! Thanks so much! :-) I wish I could vote on comments. LOL

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on February 09, 2012:


My preference is to lose my arm in a machete attack before getting a cold. Admittedly...this option is only available twice. That said...I will use your remedies as well.

I like the hot salsa idea. I normally lay there and moan while applying nicotine patches all over my body, so as, not to further aggravate the throat.

It should be noted that nicotine patches don't stick very well where you have applied Vic Vapor rub.

Great Job...and Northern Nevada's winter tries to kill me.


Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on December 26, 2011:

You are welcome, Daisy. I do love my salsa. All the vitamins that are in it can heal you from the inside out - unless it gives you heartburn or you have stomach issues. I think it can almost replace vitamin C supplements. Of course, we are all different. Salsa is just one of my favorite cures. :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on December 26, 2011:

Thanks so much for writing this Hub. The information is extremely helpful. I've used some of the sore throat remedies, but I didn't know about the salsa. (I've eaten salsa and corn chips when my sinuses were bothering me, but not when my throat hurt.)

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on December 26, 2011:

Hi RealHousewife! Oh, the whole array of respiratory viruses are here. I think the doctors do what they know will help, and sometimes we have to resort to going to see them because it gets away from us when we have busy lives. I think the older doctors will tell us to rest and drink lots of fluids, but some of the younger ones may be more medically inclined. I have already sucked down (with pleasure) a couple jars of my homemade salsa with Fritos. It stopped the sore throat. Now if I could just figure out how to conquer fatigue...

Thanks for reading and dropping by!! I hope all are well at your house. :-)

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 26, 2011:

You know I wish I had seen this two weeks ago! I'm sorry to say this but this is better info than I got from my pediatrician! I love the Doc...but I suppose they are only interested in what they can dole out pill form at times:)

Still awesome because this is only the beginning of our season. Hope the viruses that are going around down here do not make it to your parts!

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on December 24, 2011:

Thanks, Tammy! Hopefully, you will be well, but if not... :-)

Thanks for dropping by and reading!!

Tammy from North Carolina on December 24, 2011:

A great timely hub Sholland! I will try these the next time the sniffles come. I love v8 juice.. I am definatley going to try this!

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on December 15, 2011:

Update: I was coming down with a sore throat this weekend. I immediately started eating my salsa and also drinking the salsa juice with salt. I thought I wasn't preventing it the first day because I did not feel good and started to sneeze, but the next morning the sore throat, sneezing, and achy feelings were all gone. Woo HOO for vitamin C enriched salsa juice (I am sure salted Spicey V8 would work just as well.) Good heath to all!! :-)

Giselle Maine on November 12, 2011:

Hi Sholland, I'm glad you really relate to the mom-situation from your own experience. Being sick is, for me, the worst thing about being a mom. But luckily it doesn't happen often. And considering that's the worst thing, that's not so bad at all!

And thanks, I appreciate what you said about the "kids with marriage" idea - it was only a suggestion and I totally understand how busy you must already be, especially with the contest which is running. Not to mention all the real-life demands each and every one of us writers have, too! It's wonderful that you have been inspired to write for the contest and I wish you the best of success. Personally I find it a lot harder to write fiction than non-fiction so I haven't entered anything yet. I am not sure if I will. I find all the 'creative writing energy' inspiring which is flowing around Hubpages. But right now I have just completed the research for my next hub (a non-fiction one) so I will probably just forge ahead with that.

Thanks for the discussion about preventing a cold & for your kind words!

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on November 12, 2011:

Hi Giselle,

You are so right: moms do not have time to get sick. I remember when my kids were little and I would be sick standing at the stove making homemade chicken noodle soup while trying to pay attention to the kids and feeling like falling into bed knowing I couldn't. But, my mom gave me several of the ideas for the home remedies, and I discovered some on my own. When I started teaching, I am one of those teachers who feels like the world will end if I am not there. That is when I found out that resting a day is better than being sick for another month. We have to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others. I hope you have a healthy winter! :-)

It is an honor to have you following me. I love talking to you! Thanks for dropping by! :-)

PS I am still pondering that "juggling kids with marriage" idea you gave me. I am trying to write at least one story a week for the current contest, and haven't had time to get to it. I will, though. :-)

Giselle Maine on November 12, 2011:

Brilliant! I need these preventive tips because I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 young ones (the oldest of which doesn't nap) so I can't afford to get sick! No time off or sick days for moms!

By the way I thought I was already following you but I wasn't, so now I've fixed that and am following you. Looking forward to more of your great hubs.

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on November 10, 2011:

Hey Fashionista,

Salsa makes anything better. :-) I really do use it to stop or help a sore throat, and all the other things, too. They work for me, and I hope if you need them, they work for you. Thanks for dropping by! :-)

The Fastionista on November 10, 2011:

I love the idea about eating salsa! That would also cheer me up if I had a sore throat (I mean, who doesn't like a good dish of salsa?!) - I'm keeping all of these remedies in mind because I will inevitably need them at some point this winter. I love epsom salt baths too - I also add eucalyptus oil to them - that can open the sinuses. Thanks for an awesome hub!

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on November 07, 2011:

Yes, Sfshine, home remedies are the best and cheaper with fewer chemicals. Thanks for dropping by!

sfshine from Michigan on November 07, 2011:

Home remedies are the best. Useful tips.

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on November 01, 2011:

Hey Dexter, I think the salt and the hot sauce really do have some "magical" effect. That is why I use the salsa and the salsa juice. Let's have all of our hot stuff ready to go so we can take hold of the cold before it gets a hold of us. Thanks for sharing your ideas!! And, thanks for dropping by! :-)

Susan Holland (author) from Southwest Missouri on November 01, 2011:

Yep, Tonewhottoys, these are good ole home remedies. They have always worked for me. Thanks for dropping by! :-)

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on November 01, 2011:

Hi Sholland! Great information on dealing with sire throats and the common cold. Another couple of things that work for me is to make chicken noodle soup and add Tabasco or hot sauce to it and to eat really hot potato chips or Cheetos (Flamin' Hots). I don't know exactly why, but my throat clears up right away!

Thanks for sharing these helpful ways to prevent the common cold and the icky sore throat!

Topnewhottoys from Salisbury, Maryland on October 31, 2011:

good old home remedies - there is a reason why people still talk about them

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