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Surviving Sore Throat Season

Monday, November 28, 2011

With the cold temperatures, dry air, coughs and colds, your throat is always under attack.

So we wanted to find out the best over-the-counter and home remedies to take care of your throat. We went to the expert, one of favorite pharmacists, professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at UIC, Jan Engle.

We know a number of things can cause a sore throat, but how do we know when it's more serious like strep?

5-10% adult sore throats, 15-30% child sore throats are caused by strep

Strep symptoms include fever, swollen glands, white patches on back of throat, headache, nausea, chills

If you have just sore throat, what are the best remedies? We going to start with things you can do at home?

HOME REMEDIES FOR SORE THROATS:
Stay hydrated
Drink cold liquids
Gargle with warm salt water
Use a humidifier

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