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How to Treat a Dry Throat this Winter

With cold winter weather here for the next few months, there’s a good chance the low humidity will take its toll on your body in some way, shape, or form.

For many people, this results in a dry throat. As annoying as it may be, there are a variety of treatment options to consider. Here’s where you should start:

·      Drink more water: even if you do nothing else, make it a habit to drink more water during the winter months. This can do wonders in keeping your body hydrated, thus avoiding a dry throat, skin, and hair.

·      Use throat lozenges: a dry throat makes it difficult to create saliva, so you’ll want to do something to kick-start your body. This is where sucking on throat lozenges comes into play. Keep these in your pocket so you can use them throughout your day.

·      Gargle with salt water: two or three times per day you should gargle with a mixture of warm water and a half teaspoon of salt. Don’t drink it. Simply gargle for 30 to 60 seconds and spit it out.

Along with the above, look into running a humidifier in your home. Even if you don’t have a whole house humidifier, you can buy a portable unit that you run while sleeping. By adding moisture to the air, you lessen the likelihood of a dry throat.

There is no right or wrong way to treat a dry throat this winter, but one or more of these ideas will help provide the relief you’re seeking.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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