Sore throats can be painful in the morning, but they typically improve as the day wears on. The most common causes of sore throats in the morning are mouth-breathing while you sleep, dry air, post-nasal drip or a viral or bacterial infection. If your sore throat gets worse, contact a doctor. If it remains persistently sore in the mornings, but gets better as the day goes on, it’s probably from dry air that is irritating your mucous membranes.
Let’s take a look at home remedies for dealing with a dry, sore throat in the mornings.
Sore throat remedies that you can try
Have Something to Drink
One of the best things you can do is get some fluids down your throat so that it’s not so dry. The best drinks include warm tea with honey, a glass of juice or a glass of water with honey and lemon. Honey coats your throat and relieves irritation, while lemon can remove excess mucus buildup that may be sitting in your throat.
Gargle with Salt Water
Another thing you can do to decrease irritation and dryness in the throat is to gargle with salt water. Mix one teaspoon of salt into one pint of warm water. You can gargle as much as you want to reduce the symptoms.
Run a Humidifier
A humidifier is a great thing to have in your bedroom because it makes the air more moist. It will also help keep your mucous membranes moist, even if you breathe through your mouth. You can opt for a whole-house humidifier or a portable one to install in your room. But, you must remember to keep your humidifier very clean, otherwise it will blow mold and bacteria into your room and make things worse.
Suck on Hard Candy
If you don’t have cough drops in the house, hard candy will work just as well. These lozenges reduce dryness and irritation and have the added benefit of stimulating saliva production. You can also try sucking on a Popsicle or ice cubs to get the saliva going and help numb your throat.
Once you try these different treatments, you can see which ones work best for you. Usually the morning dryness gets better in the summer, but it can be a prolonged problem during the winter. Many people find that both a humidifier and warm liquids in the morning do the trick to reduce symptoms.