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kostka_j posted:
My entire household has been fighting a flu/sore throat for almost a week now. This morning I woke w/ a scratchy feeling in the back of my own throat and was wondering what some home remedies may be...also I've heard that you can dillute either hydrogene peroxide or rubbing alcohol w/ water and gargle, any truth to these "remedies"? Thanks in advance
Caprice_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Kostka,

I hope you all start feeling better soon. Click on the following for some ideas which may help:

Sore throat - Home Treatment
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
No rubbing alcohol! Isoprophol alcohol is poison! And, as far as the hydrogen peroxide is concerned, I would not recommend that either.

You can try the following:
  • Gargle with warm saline (1/4 tsp of salt to 8 oz of water)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen will help
If your sore throat lasts longer than 3-4 days, it would be good for you to be professionally make sure that you do not have Strep or other treatable causes.
MissRUL responded:
Please don't even consider using rubbing alcohol, even diluted. It's considered a poison. Warm salt water gargles are excellent. A cup of warm tea with honey & lemon is also helpful. If you add a drop of whiskey, you're on your way to a hot toddy, something my Grandma swore by. You could also try a neti pot. Good luck and good health.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to MissRUL's response:
Tea with honey and lemon is a good suggestion. Most people who decide to add whiskey will use a bit more than a drop.....

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