Winter is coming to an end, or so we hope, but colds and sore throats still linger. Here are a few remedies to consider when that sore throat comes around.
Argentum Nitricum: This remedy is for splinter-like pain in the throat. There may be hoarseness and/or loss of voice.
Baptisia: This sore throat will present with a dusky red inflammation that is remarkably pain-free. It may be accompanied by stupor and/or mental confusion.
Baryta Carb: This is the remedy to think of when there is chronic inflammation of the tonsils. There may be huge swelling that occludes the throat. The cervical glands may be hard and swollen. There will be difficulty in swallowing liquids and saliva.
Baryta Muriatica: As with Baryta Carb, this remedy is indicated when there is enlarged tonsils and cervical glands. With this remedy however, the cervical glands may not be as hard and the swelling will be worse on the right side. The pain will also be worse on the right side. In addition there could be a lump sensation in the throat that prevents swallowing. Throat pain is generally better by drinking cold drinks.
Belladonna: This remedy is used when there is acute suppurative tonsillitis that is worse on the right side. The pain is worse from breathing. There is generally no thirst.
Bromium: This remedy is indicated when there is left-sided tonsillitis with large stony-hard glands.
Cistus: Sore throats needing this remedy will include a burning pain in the throat that is worse during inhalation. The throat will feel extremely dry and will there will be some temporary relief from drinking liquids and/or swallowing.
Hepar Sulph: This sore throat will present with stitching or splinter-like pain. Tonsils may be swollen. The sore throat itself may be the only symptom.
Lachesis: This remedy is indicated when there is left-sided throat pain or tonsillitis. The pain is worse from swallowing liquids, especially warm drinks. Sometimes cold drinks may give temporary relief. The pain is better when swallowing solid food. Upon swallowing the throat pain radiates to the ears. There may also be present a choking sensation on swallowing. The inside of the throat may have a deep red/purple color.
Mercurius: This sore throat will present itself with intense burning pain with a constant desire to swallow. Swallowing, however, makes the pain worse. The throat pain may even feel worse when the neck is touched externally. The inside of the throat may exhibit typical strep throat color with redness and white spots around the tonsils.
Phytolacca: This remedy is indicated when there is marked pain and the throat is dark red in color. The pain is usually worse on the right side and from warm drinks. Cold drinks may help the pain temporarily. This sore throat is also generally accompanied by a stiff neck.