How To Get Rid of A Throat Infection

By Subodh / February 23, 2011

It can be pretty bad if you get throat infection on the day you have to give an important presentation in your office. Throat infection arises due to virus or bacteria. It can be very irritating and painful in the throat. You need to find out the cause of sore throat and go for treatment immediately.

Throat infection can spread from one person to another. You should keep yourself away from an infected person. The person, who has the symptoms of cold, cough, and fever, should be treated soon. If it is not treated on time, the infection can spread to throat. The infection that affects tonsils or the lymphoid tissue areas in either side of the throat, is called tonsillitis. Throat infection can also be due to fungus or allergies. Therefore, you should find out the actual cause for infection and take the right medicines. Only a doctor can identify the exact cause and provide you with right medication.

throat infection

Children are more prone to viral infections that cause throat infections like common cold viruses, adenovirus, orthomyxoviridae (flu virus), herpes simplex virus, and measles. Grown ups are prone to bacterial throat infections like strep throat with symptoms of high fever, irritation in swallowing, white and yellow spots on the throat and swelling in the throat, diphtheria with symptoms of fever and sore throat, whooping cough with symptoms of continuous coughing. Throat infection can appear at the top of the throat and behind the nose known as nasopharynx, oropharynx, the middle part of throat and behind the mouth, and the hypoppharynx, the area at the lower part of the throat.

Throat infections can be caused by many reasons. Therefore, treatments are different for different infections. If throat infection is left unnoticed, the infections can spread to chest, heart, and kidney and become a serious problem. It is better to consult the doctor immediately before your condition worsens.

The doctor will prescribe you antibiotics if your throat infection is caused by bacteria. Normal cold treatment will not help fight bacteria. If you are having viral throat infection, then you can start the treatment yourself at home by gargling with warm salted water, which will reduce the inflammation and pain.

Gargling with warm salted water

Women Gargling with warm salted water

You should have soft food that does not harm your throat and avoid spicy food. You should take bed rest and also give rest to your throat by not talking much. If you have the habit of smoking, you should avoid during throat infection. You should drink lot of fluids in normal temperature to soothe your throat. You can use nasal spray prescribed by the doctor. The nasal spray will moisturize your nose and throat.

Chamomile and ginger tea are ideal in terms of getting rid of that bacteria in your throat.

Garlic has antibacterial properties so eating lots of it will go a long way in helping you get rid of throat bacterial or fungal infection.

Garlic Cloves

If you get throat infection very frequently, the doctor might suggest tonsillectomy. This is a surgery done to remove the tonsils from the throat.

You can prevent infections by following healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, regular exercise, good hygiene. You should brush your teeth twice daily and bath regularly. With these good practices, the number of times you visit the doctor can go down.