View Poll Results: Orange Juice when you have a sore throat: yes or no?
Yes, certainly -- it makes my throat feel so much better... 45 36.89%
No! Are you insane?! That burns like hell! 77 63.11%
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:46 PM
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Orange Juice for a Sore Throat: Yes or No?

Title says it all -- you have a raging sore throat, and you want something to drink. Do you regard orange juice as soothing or painful?
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Old 01-08-2010, 05:53 PM
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Yikes! When I was a kid, I had strep throat a lot, the arrival of which was always heralded by my morning OJ turning from a yummy and refreshing beverage into an instrument of torture.

I rarely have sore throats any more, but I when I do, avoid OJ like the plague.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:44 PM
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Even when I'm feeling fine orange juice makes my throat feel itchy. Oranges don't do this so I don't know what the heck's going on there but no way do I drink it when I'm already hurting.
Lukewarm sweet tea with honey for me.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:50 PM
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Um...yes and no. Yes it hurts, but in a good way...if that makes sense... >.< If my throat is itchy, it scratches it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:54 PM
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I take as much vitamin C as I can when I'm sick, so lots and lots of orange juice. And vitamin C pills.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:15 AM
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The burn kills the bugs.

It also generally loosens up the stuck phlegm that is making my throat itch.
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:17 AM
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Painful. For a sore throat, I gargle with warm salt water.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:13 AM
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I drink hot lemon drinks (hot water, lemon juice and honey).
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:17 AM
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Yes, nothing soothes my sore throat better than an acidic beverage



Seriously, people. You want the vitamin C, just eat a damn tablet. They sell for cheap in like every drugstore.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:41 AM
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I used to get tonsillitis every year, then nothing from 1988 onwards, until all of a sudden it turned up in ought five - in May, even - and then, believe me, OJ was right out of the question.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:04 AM
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Ow. No thank you. Milk with some strawberry syrup in it goes down much better.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:41 AM
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The only thing that soothes my sore throats better than orange juice is NyQuil.
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:17 AM
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I'd prefer some apple juice, please. Orange juice doesn't really hurt, most of the time, but I don't want anything that intensely flavored.

Actually, I'm far more likely to drink hot tea. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea is very soothing to throat and to digestive system.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:20 AM
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I gargle with vodka, which usually helps.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:50 AM
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hot black tea, very tiny touch of lemon [a couple of drops to a big mug], no sweetener. Never any dairy products, nothing real acidic like orange juice or lemonaide. When the sore is about gone, then maybe hot lemonaide.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:14 AM
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I started to say; isn't a hot toddy better?
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:13 PM
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I've been dealing with a bad cold the last couple weeks. One thing I read on WebMD is that you should drink a lot of liquids. You shouldn't be drinking stuff like alcohol, tea or coffee because it'll dehydrate you. I don't drink orange juice, I just drink lots of water.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:50 PM
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My standard sore throat remedy is a mug of hot lemonade (made with actual lemons), with a shot or two of rum. Works wonders, even without the rum.
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Old 01-11-2010, 05:31 AM
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I'd prefer some apple juice, please. Orange juice doesn't really hurt, most of the time, but I don't want anything that intensely flavored.

Actually, I'm far more likely to drink hot tea. Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea is very soothing to throat and to digestive system.
To me, orange juice isn't intensely flavored, it's just sour. Apple juice isn't very intense, but grape juice is, and I'd still rather have that than orange juice. It's not so much that it "burns"; it hurts. It feels like it goes up my nose a bit.

BTW, I've never understood the idea that the burn means its working: when you irritate something that is inflamed, it gets more inflamed. Does inflamation actually help the healing process or something? I always thought it was a stopgap measure to avoid pain.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:41 AM
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I don't drink orange juice to start with, I hate the stuff. I used to force myself to drink it when I have a cold, but instead, I just started drinking lots and lots and lots of water.

Now I am pretty much off OJ, though occasionally I will take a sip of his Oranjina.
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:56 PM
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Dammit....I woke up with a sore throat this morning ... it has to be because of this thread!

Luckily I already had an appointment with my PCP and she confirmed it wasnt strep with that spiffy 5 minute test - I wish they had that fast test when I was growing up and had strep a couple times a year
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:57 PM
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To me, orange juice isn't intensely flavored, it's just sour. Apple juice isn't very intense, but grape juice is, and I'd still rather have that than orange juice. It's not so much that it "burns"; it hurts. It feels like it goes up my nose a bit.

BTW, I've never understood the idea that the burn means its working: when you irritate something that is inflamed, it gets more inflamed. Does inflamation actually help the healing process or something? I always thought it was a stopgap measure to avoid pain.
To me, sour is a different flavor than tart. Orange juice, in fact all the citrus flavors, are tart. Pickles, on the other hand, are sour. I like both tart and sour flavors, but I don't want to inflict them on a sore throat.

Some medicine does burn when it's applied to a wound. I remember getting mercurochrome applied to various cuts and scrapes when I was a little girl. I was told that the burning sensation was proof that the medicine was working. I think that some people internalize that, and feel that if something is burning a wound or sore, that means that it's killing the germs.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:01 PM
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When I've got a sore throat, it's grapefruit juice (actual grapefruit, not that namby-pamby Rio Red stuff) during the day, and sipping whiskey at night.
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Old 01-11-2010, 09:46 PM
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OJ for me.

But what really helps me with a sore throat is juice popsicles... the kind by Welches. Those do wonders for my sore throat.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:44 PM
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I gargle with vodka, which usually helps.
Name a problem that gargling with vodka doesn't help!
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:57 PM
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I answered yes, but only because my go to juice is another citrus.

I go for grapefruit juice when I get a cold/sore throat. Plain unsweetened, non-ruby/pink/colored grapefruit juice. The hurt is sooooooo good.

I'm definitely in the "cure should hurt" school of though in this one though. Vodka works fine, if you're looking to reduce the overall pain.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:01 PM
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Hal, you forgot "Doesn't really hurt or help, but the offhand chance that it might boost one's immune system in the medium term is more than offset by the chance that your sore throat is caused by a bug and the acidic OJ will cause your stomach to be pushed over the edge into vomit territory where it wasn't before."
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:13 PM
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If you like the placebo effect, just drink some "orange drink" that is fortified with vitamin c.

Then you get the taste, (similar not exact ), the vitamins and everyone's happy.

Would I drink OJ with a sore throat, no way. I found anything phlem producing is taboo. I drink straight water or 7-Up/Ginger Ale
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Old 01-13-2010, 11:18 AM
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I mix up a scoop of ascorbic acid powder, couple ounces of orange juice, then fill the pint glass the rest of the way with water. Drink these one after the other until the cold is gone.

I like the burn.
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Old 01-14-2010, 04:38 PM
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The vitamin C will help but otherwise it does nothing except put a nasty coating on it that will require you to clear your throat. The first irritation that you feel is likely from sinus drainage anyway. You're better off taking something to dry up your sinuses and some vitamin C.
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