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I've got a sore throat

Post  Captain McCannon on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:38 am

Yes, it's another "Cap McC's got a problem!" thread! Not as cool as queso dip, but this sore throat is preventing me from accessing abovesaid cheesy goodness...

I've got me a sore throat!


This is due to having too many Jolly Ranchers at a time when I went out canvassing.


Now my... whatever you call that thing... hangs at an unholy angle.



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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Zwack on Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:07 pm

Uvula... No seriously...

Ummm, if it hasn't gone away yet then I would suggest some form of anesthetic lozenges for the pain. Chloraseptic or similar (Store brand are usually cheaper and just as effective). If it's really severe then look to see if there is any sign of inflammation or pus back there. If so you might want to consider visiting a health care provider. If the pain goes on for more than three days or is chronic then go see a healthcare provider.

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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Captain Dave Hawker on Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:24 pm

I had a tickly cough this morning, it appears to have gone after I drank vast quantities of coffee all day.
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  OldProfessorBear on Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:40 pm

In my personal experience, I've found that an inflamed uvula is generally caused either by allergies (I got one every time I went to Boy Scout camp for a couple of weeks, though we never did figure out what exactly I was allergic to), or by snoring while lying on my back!

Chloraseptic is indeed what I'd try, spray and/or lozenges. A little bit of ice to reduce the swelling (but not too much, as that could make it worse). Salt water gargle, if you don't have any chloraseptic.

If none of that helps pretty quickly, seek professional help.

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Post  Zwack on Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:01 pm

OldProfessorBear wrote:I got one every time I went to Boy Scout camp for a couple of weeks, though we never did figure out what exactly I was allergic to.

Clearly you were allergic to boy scout camp. Laughing

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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Plum on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:15 pm

May I recommend honey and cider vinegar, mixed and sipped. With a warm rum chaser to take the taste away.
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Post  OldProfessorBear on Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:35 pm

Zwack wrote:
OldProfessorBear wrote:I got one every time I went to Boy Scout camp for a couple of weeks, though we never did figure out what exactly I was allergic to.

Clearly you were allergic to boy scout camp. Laughing

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I rather suspect you are correct about that ...

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Post  Siliconous Skumins on Mon Sep 15, 2008 8:55 pm

Plum Phlogiston wrote:May I recommend honey and cider vinegar, mixed and sipped. With a warm rum chaser to take the taste away.

Or just the rum...works for me! Wink

Actually scotch whiskey works wonders (served neat, but sipped slowly), and good quality brandy / cognac, warmed slightly and sipped slowly, will help soothe the pain - and make you feel much better too. Smile


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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Plum on Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:14 pm

Siliconous Skumins wrote:
Plum Phlogiston wrote:May I recommend honey and cider vinegar, mixed and sipped. With a warm rum chaser to take the taste away.

Or just the rum...works for me! Wink

Actually scotch whiskey works wonders (served neat, but sipped slowly), and good quality brandy / cognac, warmed slightly and sipped slowly, will help soothe the pain - and make you feel much better too. Smile


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Even better a warm Whisky Mac with Ginger Wine. That brought a whole household of us back from the brink a few years ago. Mmmm...think I feel a cold coming on...
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Dr. Oliver Cross on Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:34 am

Thayer's Slippery Elm Lozenges are also quite effective, I've found. They're a Victorian medicinal, one which has changed only in the means of bottling in these past eleven decades, as they truly do work.

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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Gadd on Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:24 am

Feel for you. I've had a bad throat for the past few days as well. Bronchitis, maybe.
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Post  Steamblast Mary on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:46 pm

First cold of the season brewing here too. The silver lining is it's a wonderful excuse to consume disturbing volumes of vitamin-C enriched Vimto.

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Post  5.6. Kaboom on Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:45 am

When I was in your dire straits, even if you may not be in them now since it's a month hence...

Lots of doses of cups of half-black tea, half-amaretto. Piping hot. Scald your bloody throat. Did me a treat.

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Post  The V.A.P. on Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:06 am

Although your reply is probably rather late for Captain McCannon, I do appreciate the advice, as I am now plagued by a horrible sore throat. (Though not due to jolly ranchers or canvassing). I have attempted to combat it with unholy amounts of tylenol, but they appear to be less and less effective...I've had to take antibiotics, but they may not kick in for awhile...hopefully this will be alleviated by Wednesday as I have a concert to attend....and a flight the next day....

All apologizes if I have hijacked this thread into a general "sore throat" thread.
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Gazongola on Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:35 pm

Right, you want a tablespoon of warm whiskey, about three of honey, some warm water, and some eucalyptus and lemon essential oils, three drops of each. That should do it. Store it in the fridge and take a teaspoon whenever you feel a bit dicky. Oh and make sure not to add too much liquid or it'll be too runny.
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  T.T. on Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:03 pm

Plum Phlogiston wrote:May I recommend honey and cider vinegar, mixed and sipped. With a warm rum chaser to take the taste away.
I 2nd this because I know from experiance that this will always loosens the throat.
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Hester on Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:21 pm

I had a sore/thick throat that developed into a 2-month long cough. No sign of bacterial infection, so I figured there was no use going to the doctor.

But I found the most effective treatment was brandy hot toddies -- a large shot of brandy in a tea mug, couple tablespoons of honey, and a few squeezes of fresh lemon juice. Add boiling water to almost fill the cup, stir to dissolve the honey, then float a thick slice of lemon on top and sip.

Another alternative would be a mixture called "Mahogany" in Cornwall and "Whistlejacket" in Yorkshire -- gin mixed with enough treacle to sweeten it, warmed up if you like (although it has enough 'burn' even at room temp.)
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  pennydreadful on Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:03 pm

I had one of those awful stuffed up sore throat colds one winter. A friends mum made me a hot toddy. I woke up the next morning and it was all gone. I have no idea if they ever studied what it is about a hot toddy that works, I do remember seeing a study about chicken soup.

Some of those old basic remedies do work quite well. I have a friend who studies herbalism and has passed on a few decent remedies.
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Post  Herr D÷ktor on Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:47 pm

Chased mine off with hot lemon and honey, with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a teaspoon of ground ginger, with an extra strength Lemsip stirred in.

And several Whiskey Macs.

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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  Mr. Ethan Grammatikidis on Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:36 am

Ah lemon and honey was my father's favourite for sore throats, although he made it exceptionally hot and with more lemon than honey. The lemon needs to be really fresh and I've had good results from using a lot more honey than my dad ever did. I don't make it very hot but I do make it very strong, enough honey to give that weird burning feeling at the back of the throat you only get from honey, and enough lemon to taste through that. Works a lot better than my dad's version. Wink

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Post  pennydreadful on Mon Oct 20, 2008 1:40 am

Mr. Ethan Grammatikidis wrote:Ah lemon and honey was my father's favourite for sore throats, although he made it exceptionally hot and with more lemon than honey. The lemon needs to be really fresh and I've had good results from using a lot more honey than my dad ever did. I don't make it very hot but I do make it very strong, enough honey to give that weird burning feeling at the back of the throat you only get from honey, and enough lemon to taste through that. Works a lot better than my dad's version. Wink

Honey has antibacterial properties. That may be part of the beneficial combination. It can also be put on minor wounds.

Some of the older in-laws still swear by old remedies like mustard plasters and the like.
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Re: I've got a sore throat

Post  terrain_ on Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:21 am

The above posts are good but check with your friendly neighborhood healers early on.

If something's going around,they can put you on the correct track for treatment right away.

Allergies and such can just be annoying but strep can affect the heart as well as the throat.

(That's not even getting into exotic diagnoses like cancers,STDs,diptheria and the like.)

You don't want to encourage ear,nose or chest involvement so relieving the throat malady in a timely manner
can minimize trouble elsewhere.

Air purifiers (to remove allergens),vaporizers or pans of water (to treat dry,heated air),viscous xylocaine (for throats too sore to swallow anything and CPAPs (if the sore throat results from sleep apnea)can all help heal and reduce discomfort.

The aforementioned suggestions to hit the aggrieved throat with moist heat,ice as tolerated and anti-oxidants (soup,teas,juices,tisanes,lozenges,etc.) are excellent.

You might want to cut back on dairy products,though.

(Milk can make mucus levels worse.)

You might try replacing your toothbrush after your illness (and sterilizing any dental appliances like orthodontic retainers) so you don't re-infect yourself once you recover.

I hope this information can be of use to y'all.

(goes to get another bowl of hot vegetable soup to accompany the pomegranate green tea,lemon and honey.) Smile

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