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Does anyone have any good home remedies for a chronic sore throat for an over 50 year old with tonsils in tact?

By December 15, 2008 - 7:35am
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been fighting reaccuring sore throat for a couple months or more...comes on sudden and there are usually white tiny puss pockets in different places in my throat..I'll have a few good days and then it keeps coming back, feel really tired and sore muscles sometimes,been on antibiotics several times but no help...rinsing with salt water,,peroxide mix,etc...need some help please! some say mono,strep,tonsils.etc.no coughing,running nose or cold symptoms ..any ideas welcome..

April 1, 2009 - 2:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'd get an exam from a doctor if you haven't already. Here is a remedy for sore throat: Take a small glass of warm water, mix in ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp of peroxide and gargle with it – keep gargling with entire glass – do this 3 – 4 times per day. It will make it feel better.

April 5, 2009 - 4:01pm
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Stay away from sugar. They grow bacteria in petri dishes. I gave up sugar and haven't gotten sick. Used to all the time. Try it yourself.

March 4, 2009 - 10:14am
HERWriter Guide

Evie, also tell your coworker that a strep test is done at the doctor's office and the results take about 5 minutes.

December 15, 2008 - 1:46pm
(reply to Susan Cody)

Thanks again. Looks like he just needs to get the test done. Not sure why it hasn't been done thus far. He has done most of these remedies already. Time to just get the results. You have all been great in your replies.

December 15, 2008 - 2:47pm

When I have make a nice hot cup of tea with lots of honey and lemon which always help my throat feel better. The honey and lemon really helps. It also helps calm a cough.

Good Luck.

December 15, 2008 - 1:06pm

Poor guy, especially feeling that way after two rounds of antibiotics.

You're so welcome.

Here's a page on strep throat symptoms, along with a picture of what it looks like in one person:


The white areas he talks about may be symptoms of tonsillitis. If you scroll down on this page there is a similar picture of what tonsillitis looks like in one person:


Take care, and so glad we could help.

December 15, 2008 - 11:36am

Thank you for your response. I wrote this email for a male co-worker who has been sick for 5 weeks. He has been to the doctor several times over the past five weeks. He has been on two different antibiotics. But says they have not tested him for strep throat. He has done the warm salt water as I suggested and the apple cider vinegar and water. He says he has little white puss pockets at the back of his throat.

I will encourage him to make another trip to the doctor for further test.

Thank you again.


December 15, 2008 - 10:26am

Evie, I'm sure you've heard of gargling with warm salt water? My mom taught me this and it always helps, though you get tired of the salty taste. The warmer you can stand it, the better, it seems.

You say it's chronic; have you had it checked by a doctor to see if it is either recurrent tonsillitis or strep throat? Do you regularly get prescribed antibiotics for infection, or does your sore throat generally go away on its own?

Here's a forum where people have written in about their own home remedies (the one about warm lemonade sounds like it would be a winner):


and here is a page with some natural and herbal remedies:


In case you are interested, here's a very good discussion of tonsilliltis in adults by a doctor from the Mayo Clinic:


And here's a Brigham and Women's research study that discusses tonsil removal in adults. It followed 83 adults who had chronic tonsillitis for 3 years,and compared treatment with antibiotics to having the tonsils removed:


What have you tried in the past to treat your sore throat? Are you not getting much relief?

December 15, 2008 - 9:40am
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