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If I gargle baking soda with warm salt water, will it help

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If I gargle baking soda with warm salt water, will it help my sore throat go away?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Deborah replied 10 years ago.


Gargling with a mixture of warm salt water and baking soda will have a soothing effect; however, if you have an infection, such as strep, this will be of little benefit in making your sore throat go away.

In general, signs and symptoms of strep throat include:

  • Throat pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus
  • Swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Stomachache and sometimes vomiting

If your sore throat continues, consult with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis. If you have strep, you will likely receive a prescription of an oral antibiotic such as penicillin, amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox), azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), clindamycin (Cleocin) or a brand of cephalosporin (Keflex, Ceclor).

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