Rinsing with a crushed aspirin can help relieve sore throat for up to six hours.

A bright sunny day and suddenly a gush of rain starts pouring down in the afternoon. A sudden change of weather can carry a number of viruses, including a sore throat. Most sore throats are caused by viruses that are responsible for influenza, although sometimes it can also be caused due to bacterial infection.

According to a new study conducted by the University of Cardiff Common Cold Centre, aspirin may be the best medicine for a sore throat, if it is crushed and rinsed without swallowing. Aspirin is analgesic, which means that it helps to reduce pain.

Rinsing with crushed aspirin can help relieve throat pains for up to six hours. ‘It provides relief from nasal congestion by causing a cool sensation in the nose and also relieves the symptoms of sore throat and cough by a local anaesthetic action,’ said Professor Ron Eccles, as reported by the Daily Mail.

Other causes of a sore throat may be due to allergies, dryness, irritation, muscle tension, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), HIV infection and tumors. It is important to understand the causes of sore throat before doing the treatment at home.

There are several ways to prevent a sore throat, such as exercise, good hand hygiene, avoid contact with people who are experiencing a cold or other upper respiratory tract infections, avoid smoking and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke.

A good rest and relaxation can help relieve sore throat for up to two weeks. Home treatments for a sore throat include rinsing with salt water, using throat lozenges, sprays, cough syrups, drinking water and to stay hydrated. 

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