Strep throat is caused by group ‘A’ streptococcus bacteria, which causes inflammation of the lymph nodes, tonsils and throat. It is widespread during the flu season. It is usually preceded by symptoms like cough, sneezing and runny nose. The incubation period is around 3 to 5 days and normally most of the symptoms occur during this period.
Difficulty in swallowing, the mucus producing cough, swelling and inflammation in throat, body weakness, fatigue, fever, poor appetite, headache, excessive sweating and nausea are some of the symptoms of this ailment.
The bacteria that are responsible for strep throat are quite contagious and can be transmitted easily from one person to another through coughing, sneezing or by direct touch. There are a number of home remedies to relieve the symptoms associated with strep throat.
Home Remedies to Treat Strep Throat
Gargle with Cinnamon and Pepper
Take hot water (1 glass) and add black pepper powder (1/2 tsp), salt (1 tsp) and cinnamon powder (1/2 tsp). Gargle with this liquid two times every day.
Gargle with Turmeric
This remedy will surely soothe a cranky throat. Take hot water (1 glass) and add salt (1/2 tsp) and turmeric (1/2 tsp) to it. Gargle with this liquid two times a day. In case, you do not prefer gargling, you can drink hot milk (1 cup) mixed with turmeric (1/2 tsp).
Gargle with Salt Water
Prepare a saline mixture by mixing salt (1/2 tsp) in hot water (1 glass). This is an effective remedy for sore-throat. Salt is mildly antiseptic and will reduce inflammation and clears phlegm. This remedy must be followed every 3-4 hours.
Gargle with Baking Soda
Dissolve baking soda (1/2 tsp) in warm water (1 glass) and use it to gargle for quick relief from the symptoms of sore throat.
Honey and Cinnamon
Place cinnamon sticks (about an inch) in water (11/2 cups) and boil for about 15-20 minutes. Strain and remove the cinnamon sticks and before drinking the concoction you can add 1 tsp of honey to it.
The antibacterial properties of honey help in healing the strep throat quickly. It also works as hypertonic osmotic-meaning it draws water from the inflamed tissue and reduces discomfort and swelling.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix together apple cider vinegar (1 tbsp) and water (8 Oz). Use this mixture to gargle every 30 minutes and in 2 days you will notice significant improvement.
Mix lemon juice (1 tbsp), black pepper powder (1/2 tsp) and salt (1/2 tsp). Heat this mixture till it is lukewarm and consume once daily to get relief from strep throat.
Take black peppercorns (1/2 tsp) and crush them into coarse powder. Mix this with hot milk and consume in the morning on an empty stomach.
This can be followed for a couple of days till you get relief from strep throat. Alternatively, you can mix the powder in hot water and use this to gargle in the morning.
Make a tea with lemon, ginger and honey and drink two times a day to get relief from strep throat.
This is one of the miraculous home remedies that will quickly relieve sore throat. Peel a clove of garlic and cut it into half. Place them on either side of each cheek and suck on the pieces of garlic. Occasionally you can crush it with your teeth to release a chemical known as allicin that kills the bacteria causing strep throat.