Most people assume that those trusted antibiotics that the population is so reliant on is the answer for everything however, they’re really not. Antibiotics are only effective against bacteria, not viruses and since fevers and sore throats are caused by both, they may not even treat your symptoms. Not to mention, they can cause allergic reactions so there is always a risk involved when you take them.
Viruses are the primary cause of the sore throat and fever combination. These include both the cold and flu and since antibiotics cannot treat these, you need to look for alternative ways to reduce your symptoms so you can be more comfortable. One of the few bacterial infections that is treatable with antibiotics is strep throat and this is about the only way to rid yourself of this infection. Lastly, sometimes these symptoms are simply brought on by seasonal allergies which are easily treated both naturally or with antihistamines.
Apple Cider Vinegar – There are not many ailments that cannot be remedied with the help of apple cider vinegar. This is not a sipping cocktail, plug your nose and down the hatch! It tastes bad but it works almost instantly. If you cannot drink a spoonful straight, mix it with a bit of water and honey.
Herbal Tea – Green tea is excellent to treat these symptoms and it also provides your body with antioxidants. It is a good idea to get in the habit of drinking a cup of tea every day, especially during the flu season. Adding lemon and honey boosts the healing properties as well. Other varieties that are also quite beneficial are slippery elm, licorice root or wild cherry.
Gargle – You can gargle with a few different things that you’ll probably already find in your kitchen to alleviate your sore throat. Salt water is a popular pick but you may also want to try mixing apple cider vinegar, sage or aloe vera with water as well.
Garlic – This healing herb can be used two different ways. First, you can simply cut a clove to suck on, pressing it against your teeth like a cough drop so its special chemicals are released. Alternatively, another way to treat a sore throat and fever with garlic is to boil it in a bit of water, allow the liquid to cool and then you simply gargle with it.