What To Eat When You Have A Sore Throat?

Having a sore throat is a painful condition, and the burning sensation it brings along makes eating and drinking difficult. What foods are good to eat and drink when you have a sore throat?
Go through this blog post to find some best foods to eat and drink with a sore throat and what items you should avoid.

Best foods and drinks for sore throat

Soft and easy to swallow foods are good to eat when having a sore throat. The softness will minimize the irritation that food can cause to your throat. Warm drinks and foods can also relax your sore throat.

Some best foods to eat with sore throat:

  • gelatin desserts
  • plain yogurts
  • cooked pasta
  • broth
  • cream-based soups
  • milk
  • warm oatmeal
  • cooked cereal
  • cooked vegetables
  • scrambled eggs
  • popsicles
  • smoothies
  • yogurts with crushed fruits
  • mashed potatoes
  • juices, like apple juice

These food items will keep you full and nourished and won’t be harsh on your sore throat.

What not to eat when you have a sore throat?

Stay away from food items that are hard to swallow or that might aggravate your sore throat.

Foods items to avoid are:

  • spicy sauces
  • fresh, raw vegetables
  • sodas
  • coffee
  • alcohol
  • crusty bread
  • crackers
  • Potato chips, popcorn, pretzels
  • acidic fruits, including lime, oranges, tomatoes, and lemons

For some patients, dairy products don’t do well, and they may increase the growth of mucus. This can force them to clear the throat frequently and worsen the sore throat.

Treatments for sore throat

  • One of the best and budget-friendly ways to get rid of sore throat is saltwater gargles. Add a tablespoon of salt into warm water and stir it. Take a sip and gargle, but don’t swallow it.
  • Herbal throat sprays and teas can also help soothe a sore throat.
  • Over-the-counter methods can also be helpful. Go to a drugstore and buy some throat lozenges to enjoy some pleasant taste in the mouth.
  • You can also try mild pain reliever such as Tylenol to soothe your sore throat. But note that, before taking any medication, carefully read the instructions on the manual and only take the right amount.
  • If the above methods are not very effective in providing long-lasting relief from sore throat, prescription medication may work best for you. Consult your physician to soothe a sore throat.

When to see your doctor

If you can’t find relief from a sore throat, it’s best to see your nearest doctor. Most of the time, sore throats happen due to viral or bacterial infections. You’ll receive a prescription of antibiotics for bacterial infections, but they won’t work for viral infections.

Environmental factors such as dry air, cigarette smoke, or seasonal allergies also play an important part in giving some people sore throats. Those who snore may also get sore throats.

If your sore throat lasts more than 7 days, see your doctor at Aqeeq Internal Medicine. To schedule an appointment, please call at 832-786-8195.