It’s that time of year again: Sore throat season. We all know the feeling: irritation, itchiness, and when you try to swallow, the pain is unmistakable.
Even if your sore throat isn’t serious enough to warrant a doctor’s visit, let’s be honest: It’s still pretty uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are natural remedies for a sore throat you can try to speed up your recovery (but more about that later). The first step to healing is to learn what’s causing your sore throat in the first place.
What causes a sore throat?
A sore throat, or “acute pharyngitis” is an infection or irritation of the mucous membranes of the pharynx and/or tonsils, Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD, host of The Doctor Oz show and professor of surgery at Columbia, explains. Sore throats can cause “scratchiness” in the throat, as well as difficulty swallowing.
“Most cases (50-80%) of a sore throat are caused by respiratory viruses and will eventually resolve on its own,” says Dr. Oz. “However, if a sore…