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Photo: LightField Studios (Shutterstock) A sore throat isn’t exactly the end of the world, but when you have that scratchy, hurts-to-swallow feeling, you’re surely looking for relief beyond an endless stream of cough drops. What other scientifically-backed, at-home methods can you use to soothe the pain? It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of your sore throat, which could be due to dry air, allergies, or a bacterial or viral infection—though infections from viruses (like the cold and flu) are the most common cause of sore throats (all the more reason to wear a high quality mask when you’re out and about). A sore throat should go away after three or four days, but in the meantime, here are reliable at-home remedies to get relief fast. Note: These are tips for symptom relief and aren’t going to combat a bacterial or viral infection. Gargle with salt water This solution isn’t as fast-acting as some of the options below, but it’s the best first step to try and tackle the issue for long-term relief. Gargling with warm salt water is widely proven to reduce inflammation and soothe your throat. Here’s how to do it: Combine 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of warm water. Stir until the salt dissolves. Gargle with it for several seconds and spit it out. Repeat the salt gargle several times each day for symptomatic relief. Steam and humidity While dry air is harsh on your sinuses, steam provides much-needed […]