Caused by Streptococci Bacteria, strep throat is a distressing throat infection that can surface suddenly without any warning. Headache, fever, nausea and headache are associated symptoms, though most often there is an absence of symptoms, which make strep throat difficult to be identified.
Normally antibiotics are resorted to as the basic treatment method. However, a medley of great home remedies are available for treating strep throat effectively at home. Here are a few.
Just like any other bacterial infection, strep throat too can be cured with the help of yoghurt. The beneficial bacteria that are present in yoghurt will help in eradicating the streptococcus bacteria that is causing the strep throat infection.
Take a cup of cool yoghurt and drink it slowly, taking care to keep it in your mouth and throat for as much time as possible. This will not only cool your throat and prevent the burning sensation, pain and discomfort, but will also help in destroying the bacteria in the throat.
Garlic is anti bacterial and anti inflammatory in nature and helps in treating the strep throat completely by destroying the bacteria and removing the inflammation as well. Take a few cloves of garlic and boil it in a cup of water. Simmer for ten minutes. Use this water for swishing and gargling your throat several times a day.
Alternately, take a clove of garlic and chew well. Allow the juice to trickle through your throat slowly, keeping it in the throat as much time as possible. A garlic clove can be kept inside your mouth, lightly biting on it every time to release the juice so that the bacteria will be destroyed all throughout the day and inflammation will subside, thereby relieving pain as well.
This mild antiseptic agent will help at the beginning of the infection. Take a tablespoon of honey in the morning and before bedtime. You can use a tablespoon of honey along with some warm water for gargling your mouth as well to keep the soreness under control and also to heal the throat and prevent pain.
Gargling is a wonderful remedy for all kind of throat irritation. Take half a tablespoon of salt and add to a glass of warm water. Use this for gargling your throat and swishing your mouth frequently. Salt is a mild anti bacterial and healing agent and helps in healing the throat infection and also removing the streptococcus bacteria from the throat. This will help in subsiding the pain as well.
Onion has sulfur globules, which are known to be a healing remedy for a number of infections and respiratory conditions. The best way to use onion is to chew onion in your mouth and swallow the juice slowly so that it helps in destroying the bacteria in the throat and mouth. Take a slice of onion and leave it in your mouth, biting on it often to release the juice from it.
Doing this for several days will help in completely eliminating strep throat infections. Onion can be sliced and the grated pieces added to a cup of water and simmered for ten minutes. Cool and take this throughout the day for treating strep throat. You may add a tablespoon of honey and a clove of crushed garlic as well to increase the effect of this home remedy.
Apple cider vinegar is anti bacterial and anti inflammatory in nature and will help in the healing process and control the pain when you have strep throat. Take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and add to a glass of warm water. Take this twice a day to control the inflammation and prevent pain and discomfort and to destroy the bacteria as well.
Thyme can be mixed with olive oil and lemon and applied on the throat externally and massaged gently for relief from pain and infection. Use a dispenser for inhaling the fumes of thyme as this too can offer great relief from pain associated with strep throat. This can be continued for three to four times a day.
Sage leave are anti bacterial and used for treating strep throat. The leaves can be boiled with a cup of water and when warm, the water can be used for rinsing your mouth and swishing and gargling your throat. Repeat all throughout the day to discourage the bacteria and remove the infection. This is a good way to control the pain as well.
The burning sensation and pain can sometime get on your nerves. An instant remedy for masking the pain and irritation is to eat ice creams and cool jelly which are soft and also cool so that the throat irritation and the pain can be numbed, relieving the person considerably.
Cayenne pepper is also a wonderful anti bacterial agent and helps in increasing the blood circulation to the throat, which will make bacterial action difficult and this will mask the pain and treat the infection. Cayenne is known to be an effective pain reliever for a number of common ailments.
Cinnamon has a host of medicinal properties and its anti bacterial nature will help in removing a number of bacterial infections of the body. For treating strep throat, take a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and add to one glass of warm water. Sweeten with one tablespoon of honey and take 2-3 times a day until the strep throat and pain are completely relieved.
This soothing and relaxing herbal tea is also anti inflammatory in nature. Sipping on a hot cup of chamomile herbal tea will reduce the inflammation and the steam from the hot tea will ease your sore throat and provide relief from pain as well. Brew a tea by adding a chamomile tea bag to a cup of boiling water and steeping for ten minutes. Take 3-4 times.
Ginger is a natural pain reliever and anti bacterial agent and great for treating strep throat infection and also for controlling the pain and inflammation. Take a piece of ginger and chew on it. The juice can be allowed to linger in your throat for several minutes before swallowing. Ginger increase blood circulation to the area and speeds up the healing process. Ginger will also mask the pain associated with strep throat.