Salt Gargles: More = Less Sore

April 1, 2006

To help relieve the pain of a sorethroat, patients are often instructed togargle with warm salt water-usually4 times a day.

 

To help relieve the pain of a sore throat, patients are often instructed to gargle with warm salt water-usually 4 times a day. This therapy is far more effective if the patient gargles for 3 minutes every 15 minutes for 2 hours. The frequent contact of the warm salt solution on the swollen tissues greatly reduces edema and thus pain.

-Richard Honaker, MD
   Carrollton, Tex

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