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Readers Respond: Remedies for Tonsillitis

Responses: 27


Updated May 20, 2009

Works like a charm!

Rootbeer does wonders! The syrup coats the throat and soothes it. I give my daughter rootbeer slushies from our local 7/11 gas station. The cold thick drink soothes the throat well. Stay away from sour or acidic flavors though. Like I said, rootbeer works well!
—Guest Darla


Ice pops are so refreshing on your throat . I've only had three and it's already working!
—Guest aaron

Honey Lemon Tea

i usually make a tea with half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey this always helps when I have a sore throat.
—Guest luke

Thyme and Honey Cough Syrup

When I have a sore throat I drink herbal teas and make a cough syrup. To make the cough syrup, I first heat some water and make a thyme infusion (like thyme tea). Then I mix the infusion with honey, stir it and stick it in the microwave until it bubbles. I take it out and add honey until I have the texture I want (doesn't matter what texture, just whatever suits you), and let it cool.
—Guest i dont wanna say my name

Salt and Vinegar Water

I make sure that everyday I gargle with salt and vinegar. It does help me. When I feel better I use it twice in a week.

Cough Drops With Menthol

While it seems like a no brainer I still use cough drops to soothe my sore throat. The menthol ones work best but if I get desperate a piece of hard candy will work too.
—Guest Mary

Salt Water

Salt water is amazing. I use it any time I have something in my mouth that hurts. Like biting wrong on a chip.

Gargle with strong tea

A folk remedy for a sore throat is gargling with strong tea. The tannins in the tea are supposed to kill germs. At any rate, it does make your throat feel better. There's also a brand of lozenges that you can buy in health food stores. They're called Zand and I use them when needed because they don't have any sugar or artificial ingredients, they taste great, and they have zinc to help your sore throat get better.
—Guest Linda

Hot Tea

I drink a cup of warm tea. If that doesn't help, I take a little nip of bourbon.
—Guest Connie G.

Salt Water Gargle

I prefer nice soothing throat lozenges or the tea with honey treatment but when a sore throat hits and there's nothing else available I mix up a nice yummy (NOT!) cup of warm salt water and gargle with it at least twice a day. And not just a wimpy swish in the mouth (that's only a quick fix for onion breath using some minty mouthwash) but a full "throw your head back" and make loud gurgling noises kind of deep throated gargle.
—Guest Kathy

Not the best example...

I usually try to ignore it for as long as I can. Then I try to deaden the area with squirty medicine that numbs. I have tried tea, honey and cough drops to varying degrees. I think it depends on what is causing your sore throat.
—Guest Hilary

Salt Water Gargle

Gargling with salt water was my mother's remedy for a sore throat and it really does help. Oddly, whenever I have a sore throat I crave salty foods.
—Guest lila

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