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What to Eat (and What to Avoid) When You Have A Sore Throat

Some sore throats are caused by bacteria, others from viral infections. Regardless of the cause, having a sore throat can make eating certain foods a literal pain. Here’s a guide to some of the foods you can eat (and what to avoid) while you work on recovering from your sore throat.

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FLUIDS
Much of the discomfort caused by sore throat stems from it being dry, so it helps to keep it moist by drinking lots of water. This also helps with staying hydrated if your sore throat happens to be caused by a cold.

SOFT FOODS AND SOUPS
Since the sore throat can cause pain when you swallow, you’ll want to stick to soft foods, like lugaw, oatmeal, cream-based soups, or pasta. You can also have vegetables that have been steamed soft, or mashed potatoes. For dessert, you can go for soft treats like gelatin, yogurt, or ice-cream. Fruit-wise, you can have bananas

FROZEN TREATS
Now here’s some good news if you love ice-cream! Ice-cream and other assorted frozen goodies can help relieve the pain caused by a sore throat, so feel free to grab some sherbet or popsicles! You’ll want to avoid the cones, though, as those can scratch your throat’s tender surface

CHAMOMILE EXTRACT, PEPPERMINT, SAGE, DWARF PINE-NEEDLE, BERGAMOT, ANISE, and CINEOL
No matter what you eat, you can’t go wrong with the anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Chamomile Extract, Methyl Salicylate, Peppermint, Sage, Dwarf Pine-Needle, Bergamot, Anise, and Cineol (Kamillosan M Spray), for a natural relief.

Happy eating!

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DRY, CRUNCHY FOODS AND SNACKS
Everybody loves a good crunch, but that bit of joy comes from the foods’ hard texture, which can make swallowing torture to a sore throat. While you’re recovering you’ll want to avoid dry snacks such as chips, crackers, and popcorn. If you’re going for a sandwich, you’ll need to avoid hard or toasted breads in order to avoid the pain.

ACIDIC FOOD & DRINKS
For those of you who enjoy food with a kick you’re out of luck, as you’ll need to avoid anything spicy while you’ve got that sore throat. So be sure to avoid chili sauces, powders, and flakes, curry, cloves, and hot peppers.

SPICY FOOD, SAUCES, AND SEASONINGS
Aside from inherently-acidic vinegar, the acid found in citrus fruits is highly irritating to a sore throat, so best to avoid them. These include oranges, lemons, lime, calamansi, and even tomatoes! This also includes the juices made from such fruits, as the tender surface of your sore throat is easily irritated, and it won’t be fooled by changing the acidic fruits’ form.

IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.

ASC Ref. Code A091N102319K

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