Rinsing with Salt Water
Although not the most appealing treatment for some, gargling with salt water has been found to be an effective way to provide some relief for sore throat symptoms.
It is efficient because it can help to drain the areas of the throat that are inflamed, thereby reducing pain and can even help to reduce swelling.
Using a saline solution (a mix of water and salt) can also help to loosen the mucus found in the throat. This can in turn help in the elimination of irritants including bacteria and fungi. It is suggested that a saline solution is used three times a day. One way to spread out these treatments is to do one after each meal (i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner).