What to Eat and Drink for a Sore Throat


Sore throat is usually a symptom of a viral infection, such as cold and flu, RSV, and COVID-19. During the fall and winter, when respiratory viruses circulate widely, throat irritation and pain are a common source of misery.

Shane Reynolds, a physician assistant with Banner Urgent Care in Peoria, Arizona, sees upward of 60 patients a day during respiratory virus season, and estimates that about 80 percent have sore throats. “A lot of times the sore throat comes first, and then a couple of days later, patients get congestion, runny nose, and cough,” says Reynolds.

Of course, sore throats aren’t just a winter problem. In the spring, Reynolds starts seeing sore throats related to allergies, when pollens and molds thrive and spread. Plus, anyone who has ever been hit with a summer cold knows that sore throat is a four-season issue.

No matter when or why, when your throat starts to hurt, what you eat and drink may make a difference. Some foods and drinks ease pain, while others aggravate discomfort; certain foods and drinks nourish your body and strengthen your immune system, while others may undermine your recovery.


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