How to Stop a Scratchy Throat

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether a cold in the dead of winter, or spring allergies, a scratchy and sore throat wilts the stamina in the most energetic individuals. When subjected to postnasal drip or other irritants, the tender surface of your throat becomes red and inflamed, and it's painful to swallow. Relieving a scratchy throat involves keeping the surface coated with soothing liquids and staying away from foreign substances that aggravate throat passages.

Fill a glass half-full with warm water. Stir in 1/2 tsp salt. Gargle the salt water and rinse mouth with cool water when finished. Avoid swallowing the salt water as it could upset your stomach.

Pour 1 tsp honey into warm tea and stir. Sip the tea, allowing the warmth to soothe and the honey to coat your throat.

Pop a hard candy or throat lozenge into your mouth. The lozenge or candy coats the tender lining of a scratchy throat.

Take an over-the-counter pain medication. The medicine reduces throat pain for a short time. Take the medicine only as directed.

Run a vaporiser or humidifier at night in the bedroom. The humidifier or vaporiser emits moisture into the air, keeping dry air from further irritating your throat.

Avoid smoke-filled areas or stop smoking. Smoke irritates the throat, worsens pain and prohibits healing.

Wear a scarf around the neck and over your mouth and nose when out in blustery weather to filter the cold as you breathe in winter air.


See your doctor if your throat remains scratchy or it becomes too painful to swallow.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass
  • Salt
  • Spoon
  • Tea
  • Honey
  • Hard candy or throat lozenge
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Vaporiser or humidifier
  • Neck scarf
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