A sore throat can ruin just about any day. The great news is you can encourage your senior loved one to use some home remedies to alleviate the pain. The Rockwall in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance have compiled a list of 6 natural remedies your loved one may want to try the next time he or she has a sore throat.
1. Gargle Salt Water
Gargling with salt water can help ease your loved one’s sore throat pain. It is recommended that seniors use 1/2 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water, and the water should be as warm as possible.
2. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
In recent years, apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure for many things. Though it may taste bitter to your loved one, drinking a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar may help ease his or her sore throat.
3. Eat Warm Soup
Eating a bowl of warm soup can alleviate the pain from a sore throat. Hot liquids help thin sinus mucus, which may be the cause of the sore throat. When you were younger, your loved one may have told you eating chicken soup would cure anything, so now it’s time to encourage him or her to eat some to relieve sore throat pain.
4. Drink Hot Tea
Hot tea not only helps thin sinus mucus, which can irritate senior’s throats, but many seniors are chronically dehydrated. Consider adding some licorice root or honey for extra relief.
5. Suck on Ice Chips
Sucking on ice chips can be an effective way to relieve a sore throat because it helps keep the throat moist. Dry throats can become irritated especially when they are introduced to pollutants in the air.
6. Use a Humidifier
Dry winter air may be the culprit making your loved one’s throat hurt. Run a humidifier in the room where he or she spends the most time. Humidifiers can be particularly helpful at night.
A sore throat should not last longer than a few days. If it does, make sure your loved one sees a doctor. For tips on preventing a sore throat, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of live-in and hourly care in Rockwall. Our caregivers are expertly trained in elderly care, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. To learn more about our high-quality elder home care, call (972) 722-7833 to speak with a qualified Care Manager.