It is generally known that dry cold weather and dusty air trigger cough. But did you know that humidity and rising temperatures also lead to sore throats?
For one, stagnant air traps pollutants and increases pollution levels. The summer season is when the pollen count (or mold count) in the air increases, triggering asthma, allergies, and respiratory symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. In hot weather, people sweat more and get dehydrated faster too.
Much of Southeast Asia experience an equatorial climate where the weather can be hot, humid, and rainy on the same day. This allows little time for our body to adapt to the shift in temperatures. There is simply no joy when we get sore throats and coughs.
On top of the physical discomfort, there is also the bothersome case where similar symptoms are linked to coronavirus. Well, it's a good thing that we have self-test kits today! Not to panic; once you have eliminated Covid, you can treat a minor cough yourself. Aside from getting medications, there are also everyday household items that are helpful in soothing sore throats, including our favourite frozen dessert - ice cream!
Here are some easy ways to alleviate that dry and itchy throat.
Take Cough Drop or Throat Lozenges
Cough drops or throat lozenges are a quick treatment for sore throat. They are commonly shaped like candy tablets and are easy to access, as you can find them in convenience stores. These hard candies contain ingredients like benzocaine and menthol, which soothe throat irritation and inflammation, suppressing the cough too.
Yes, researches have shown that zinc lozenges are effective, especially if they are taken within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms.
Isn't it such great news? Just sipping on warm tea and sucking on zinc lozenges or cough drops can take away the agony of a sore throat? Of course, you ought to seek out a doctor if your symptoms do not improve.
Gargle with Salt Water
Here's another easy home remedy that is excellent for treating sore throats. There is something interesting to know about salt therapy. The salt does not actively kill viruses or bacteria; instead, it draws water out of them through osmosis that will cause the virus to die. Hence, you ought to gargle. Not swallow!
Just mix ½ teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and gargle the solution for about 30 seconds before you spit it out. Warm water soothes the throat, and it also helps dilute the salt better. It is also recommended to gargle salt water twice a day as a preventive measure. It is a simple remedy that is helpful to keep harmful pathogens at bay. However, that is not to say one should neglect proper oral hygiene. Also, please do take the antibiotics if they are prescribed by your doctor.
Ice Cream For Cough Relief!
Now this one's our favourite! A guilty free pass to this sweet treat is possibly the only upside to a sore throat. There is probably no scientific proof of this, but it has been recommended by many, including doctors! It could be the cooling effect on the inflammation area offering relief, but ice cream has long been used to soothe a sore throat. It is especially helpful with kids. We'll pick the sweet, cold, soft, and creamy vanilla ice cream over the taste of cough syrup any day too! If you dislike how dairy seems to make the phlegm feels thicker, go with a fruity popsicle!
Again, this is NOT saying an ice cream a day keeps the doctor away.
In changing weather, do take great care of your respiratory health. How awesome it is that we can treat minor sore throat easily with these simple remedies!. STAY SAFE!!!
Disclaimer: The contents of this article are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice.