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Old 03-16-2013, 08:43 AM
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Relief for the worst sore throat of all time.

This is *bleep*ing ridiculous. At one point I had something lodged in my throat for something like 24 hours. I pretty much spent every moment aggressively clearing my throat, and whatever it was would move up about a mm, then I'd reflexively swallow, and there it was again. Eventually I hacked up something pretty disgusting, but I felt a sense of relief! At last I could breathe again without whatever that was getting in the way! Of course, now my throat is irritated as all crap and is making me completely freaking miserable. I feel like the inside of my throat has been scraped with a cheese grater.

I've consumed plenty of water, I've gargled with warm salt water, I've gone to town on some Chloraseptic, I've attempted rest, but who can sleep where their throat is on fire? Who here knows magic? I need some hocus pocus that'll provide some relief, no matter how temporary. And don't tell me at the point the only remedy is to wait! I can't wait! I'm losing it here.

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Old 03-16-2013, 08:57 AM
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Honeyed hot water (or tea)?
Old 03-16-2013, 09:02 AM
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When it comes to sore throats, I've always had relief with Tylenol. 2 pills and I'm good to go for a few hours.
Old 03-16-2013, 09:06 AM
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I have drank so much tea that my tongue changed colors. It's 8am and I didn't sleep last night. Cannot sleep because throat is furious with me, arrggh! Hmm, Tylenol has literally never relieved any pain I've ever had no matter how minor, but I'll try it as soon as something opens up. (Early in these parts.) I'm desperate.

Note to self: Next time something is stuck in my throat not spend all day forcefully clearing it. It will end poorly!

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:07 AM
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Thayers Slippery Elm throat lozenges.

Weird little slightly sweet grainy textured tablets of pure relief. Dissolve slowly in your mouth and they are like magic for a sore throat, at least they have been for me. The slippery elm is very soothing.

Sometimes available in health food stores, I had to look to find them when I moved to a new city and ran out.
Old 03-16-2013, 09:11 AM
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Fisherman's Friend cough drops are made with slippery elm, aren't they? They should be right there in the cough drop section. I sympathize, I had strep throat once and was crying from the pain.
Old 03-16-2013, 09:14 AM
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Should be able to find this! They're apparently sold at a store about one block from my apartment. I twiddle my thumbs until they open (in about 45 min) and then I try this.

Edit: Slippery Elm lozenges, that is. Also, I had mono once which came with a pretty shitty throat ache, but I was still able to sleep! This here is madness. Madness! Not sure if this pain is worse or if I'm getting wimpier.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:27 AM
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Thirding slippery elm. Okra and nopales have a similar mucilage.

If you live somewhere you can get herbals, essential oil of clove is a wonderful temporary numbing agent. The trick is getting it back there without numbing your entire mouth. I make a throat spray that's very similar to Chloraseptic, with water, witch hazel (astringent), kava extract (mucilaginous and takes the edge off anxiety and grrr-ness), marshmallow extract (soothing mucilage) and clove oil (anesthetic).

If you don't, a little witch hazel and water (maybe 1 part witch hazel to 4 parts water) with a few cloves soaking in them in a spray bottle might help. Haven't tried it, but if I was in a pinch, I would.

That being said...if it doesn't feel better in a day or two, get thee to a doctor. That kind of physical trauma provides a great opportunity for strep bacteria (which always live on you) to get into the damaged tissue and give you a case of strep throat. Strep throat should be treated with antibiotics, because if left untreated, it can cause heart valve damage. http://nhlbi.nih.gov/health/heal...vd/causes.html
Old 03-16-2013, 11:10 AM
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I always had pretty good luck with the 15mg benzocaine Cepacol lozenges.
Old 03-16-2013, 12:48 PM
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Advil or aspirin might give some relief if Tylenol is not effective. Sip some warm bouillion; the saltiness should be soothing on the way down.
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Gargle with warm salt water, every couple of hours for a couple of days. Once or twice ain't going to do it, I'm afraid. Keep it up until you can see your Doctor. Use whatever losenges you fancy but keep up the warm salt water gargle! But if it's as bad as you say, see your Doctor!
Old 03-16-2013, 02:37 PM
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Another vote for slippery elm.

Also Everclear. ;-)

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Old 03-16-2013, 02:50 PM
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Ibuprofen. Totally made me forget that I had strep. I've never had luck with Tylenol but Advil works wonders.
Old 03-16-2013, 03:08 PM
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Okay, I'm just now getting around to the lozenges. I ate some food and took a hot shower to pass the time, then next thing I knew I woke up about 5 hours later. Glad that I finally got some shut eye, just took a Thayers Slippery Elm, and now we see. If this does not work, I enact some combination of Everclear and crying all day. This is no way to spend a weekend!
Old 03-16-2013, 04:05 PM
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I enact some combination of Everclear and crying all day. This is no way to spend a weekend!
Yeah, that has always been more of a Wednesday thing for me.
Old 03-16-2013, 04:25 PM
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If all else fails and you end up at the doc, ask for viscous lidocaine.
Wonderful stuff, it will give you the relief you seek.
Old 03-16-2013, 04:35 PM
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So I took a couple of lozenges and my throat feels only slightly less irritated. I suspected that would happen, but was hopeful. In my experience, anything that you buy from the store that is intended to have any effect on how you feel does not work for me. I'm the kind of person who has to be shot up 100 times at the dentist's office before I actually feel numb. Knowing me, it's starting to look like my best bets are to wait it out () or get some hard core shit from the doctor.

Hopefully this will go away soon, but I'm probably going to have a shitty weekend. Hurray!

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Old 03-16-2013, 04:58 PM
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See a doctor. After you have done that and been assured it is only a sore throat, then you may use my trick. Dissolve two aspirin in some salt water. Gargle with it. Brush your teeth, aspirin is acidic.
Old 03-16-2013, 05:35 PM
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Ice cubes or crushed ice. Suck on that!
Old 03-16-2013, 05:45 PM
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Cepacol, definitely. I was going through the same thing last week and my room mate made me a hot toddy (whiskey and honey) and it really did help for a bit. But, yeah, unfortunately it's pretty much just a waiting game. Hope it's feeling better by now.
Old 03-16-2013, 05:52 PM
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Tums. Sounds weird I know, but it's almost magical. Only thing which let me eat during my worst cases of strep and tonsillitis. Suck them, or chew and swallow them slowly. Trust me.

Just try not to eat too many.
Old 03-16-2013, 06:20 PM
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I second the ibuprofen to help with how intensely you feel the pain. Then try the topical applications.
Old 03-16-2013, 07:09 PM
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or get some hard core shit from the doctor.
At this point, that would be my vote. If nothing else is working, some codeine-laced cough syrup might be the ticket. Not only will it hopefully ease the pain a tad, but it also might help induce some sleep which should speed healing and make you feel a few percent better.
Old 03-16-2013, 07:23 PM
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My home remedy is scotch followed by yogurt.
Old 03-16-2013, 08:40 PM
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There are various brands of sore throat spray that numb the part you spray it on.
Old 03-16-2013, 09:32 PM
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See above. Also you should be able to get some sort of anaesthetic cough lollies
Old 03-16-2013, 09:33 PM
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May be too late but Aspergum is my preferred remedy. It is aspirin laced chewing gum and gets the medicine where it is needed most.


ETA: Oh no! Per Wikipedia: As of 2006, Aspergum is no longer being manufactured or sold.

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Old 03-16-2013, 09:39 PM
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I've heard you have to kiss a mouse right on the lips for throat relief.



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Old 03-17-2013, 10:37 AM
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Ice damn cream.
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If all else fails and you end up at the doc, ask for viscous lidocaine.
Wonderful stuff, it will give you the relief you seek.
Unless you're immune to it.
Old 03-18-2013, 01:45 AM
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Okay, I'm just now getting around to the lozenges. I ate some food and took a hot shower to pass the time, then next thing I knew I woke up about 5 hours later. Glad that I finally got some shut eye, just took a Thayers Slippery Elm, and now we see. If this does not work, I enact some combination of Everclear and crying all day. This is no way to spend a weekend!
Humidify. You say you drank a lot of water, but you might need to humidify your environment, especially your sleeping space.
Old 03-18-2013, 09:41 AM
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How's your throat doing?
Old 03-18-2013, 10:52 AM
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A shot of honeyed whiskey with some lemon juice in usually does the trick for me. When that doesn't work, I go for the numbing lozenges.
Old 03-18-2013, 11:05 AM
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Oxycodone. Vodka chaser.
Old 03-18-2013, 11:38 AM
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How's your throat doing?
Oh, my throat's fine, but everything else on me feels terrible. Apparently the sore throat was a cold harbinger, so I spent my weekend building a fortress of snot rags. Actually, today I actually feel almost like a human being again. Not at 100%, but much better than yesterday when I thought to myself, "You know, suicide sure would make this day go by faster." Now I feel almost okay and will probably be fine and dandy by tomorrow. I haven't had a cold in years and almost forgot how much they suck! When people I know get colds, I wish them well, but am smugly thinking to myself, "Suckers! I don't get colds." And then I got one.
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Perfect excuse for spending the day in bed or a comfy chair drinking tea with whisky, honey and lemon.
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