The first sign of a cold or other severe infection such as strep is a sore throat. In order to avoid more serious conditions, elderly will always look to repair their sore throat as fast as they can. Luckily for them, there are many medications to handle this. What’s even better is that there are both natural and pharmaceutical medications for sore throats.
The Best Ways for Seniors to Heal a Sore Throat
When people come in at a certain age, they have a habit of stashing meds in their cabinets. So, the case is that your senior probably has some sore throat medications already in their home. Drugs such as Aleve, Ibuprofen, or Advil can be bought in almost any drugstore, so if your elderly doesn’t have them, you can easily purchase them. In addition to healing a sore throat, these medications are also useful for fevers and many other symptoms that can follow a sore throat.
Well, as naive as this sounds, drinking water can soothe a sore throat, and it can also reduce other symptoms of a cold by keeping your mucous membranes moist. The easiest way for a senior to know if they’re drinking enough water is for them to check their urine. Clear urine is a sign that seniors are well hydrated.
Gargling Salt Water
Maybe you didn’t know, but salt water can be very healing. Gargling warm saltwater few times a day can loosen mucus, reduce throat swelling, and fight bacterial infection. If clean salt water is too much for your elderly, you can always put a teaspoon of honey in the mix to make it more bearable.
Sprays or Cough Drops
Both of the things listed above are very productive in healing a sore throat by adding moisture to the area. However, sometimes medicine is the right way to go. The same as anti-inflammatory medications, these are easily accessible and can be found at any drugstore.
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