A sore throat is absolutely no fun. The burning sensation, the uncomfortable inflammation, and a scratchy voice make your throat feel like a passage to the underworld.
Okay, while that might be a bit of stretch, it certainly doesn’t feel good. Many things can cause a sore throat, and vaping is just one of them. If your throat gets sore after vaping, don’t worry — you aren't alone. Here are eight ways that you can soothe a sore throat from vaping.
Follow these tips, and your throat will feel better in no time!
1. Drink Icy Cold Beverages
When you have a sore throat, your throat will become inflamed. Like any other injury or illness, inflammation is a natural part of the healing process but one that can cause discomfort. If your throat is sore and inflamed, drinking icy cold beverages is a smart way to get some relief.
For instance, when you have an inflamed ankle, you put an icepack on it. You can’t put an icepack on the inside of your throat (please do not attempt this), but you can drink ice-cold beverages to provide some cooling.
For this to work best, you should keep your drink as icy cold as possible. This means it may be a bit uncomfortable to drink, but you’ll feel the relief quickly. Give it a try and see how it works for you.
2. Use A Humidifier
There is a reason your throat is always covered in saliva (we know, kind of gross), because it loves moisture! Your sore throat may feel a bit dry to you, and that is because it might be dryer than normal. If you also breathe dry air, recovery can take longer.
A humidifier in your bedroom or living room can help moisten the air to soothe your throat and aid recovery. If you don’t have a humidifier, taking hot, steamy showers can also help provide some humidity exposure and help your sore throat recover.
3. Use a Saltwater Gargle
It might sound crazy if you have never tried it before, but a saltwater gargle can work wonders on your sore throat. Although a saltwater gargle may sound a bit unconventional, it can help soothe discomfort, support your natural healing process, and even help draw the irritants to the surface of your throat.
This better allows your immune system to find and destroy the bacteria and viruses causing your sore throat.
To do a saltwater gargle, you should dissolve a quarter to half teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Stir the solution until the salt has dissolved. Then, gently gargle the rinse for thirty seconds to a minute every hour or two. This repeated treatment will give you relief in no time.
4. Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks
When dealing with a sore throat from vaping, you should do your best to avoid acidic food and drinks. This is because acidic foods can cause acid reflux, where acid from your stomach enters your esophagus and throat.
This can cause sore throats on its own or prolong and worsen the sore throat you already have from vaping. The top acidic foods to avoid are soda, coffee, citrus, and food that are deep-fried or use a lot of oil.
If you suffer from acid reflux, you should heed this advice closely to avoid worsening the situation.
5. Eat a Popsicle
There are few situations in adult life where you get real, helpful advice that involves consuming popsicles. Nevertheless, you get to do just that when you have a sore throat.
Just like drinking icy cold drinks can help soothe your sore throat, so can eating popsicles. This is, once again, because the cooling relief can soothe discomfort.
Remember that your sore throat does not negate the presence of sugar or calories in popsicles, so be smart with your choices and enjoy them in moderation.
6. Tea and Honey Are Your Friends
It simply cannot be emphasized enough that tea and honey are always your friends when it comes to a sore throat. While we have discussed the value of cold drinks and foods for your sore throat, hot or warm tea is a great option to soothe your throat.
Herbal teas are a very good option, as they often have naturally immune-supporting ingredients. While every tea is different, you should focus on teas that are supposed to soothe throats and contain herbs such as echinacea that are shown to aid in soothing sore throats.
You can also enjoy some honey in your tea, which can coat your throat and provide soothing and relief. Just be sure you are avoiding citrus still, as the acid can worsen your sore throat.
Many teas are marketed as sore throat cures, and many are wonderful; just be sure to check the ingredients for herbs that can impact you.
7. Try Over-the-Counter Pain Medications
If your sore throat from vaping is causing you pain and discomfort, or if you find it painful to take a drink or swallow, then over-the-counter pain meds can help to offer relief. Ibuprofen can be a smart option to help calm throat discomfort.
Be sure you always follow all dosing instructions on the bottle and eat food before taking ibuprofen. Ibuprofen on an empty stomach might contribute to irritation of the stomach lining when taken on an empty stomach.
8. Give Your Voice a Rest
Everyone loves the sound of their own voice a little bit, but when you’ve got a sore throat, you should try to give it a rest. You likely hold extra tension in your throat and larynx when your throat is sore, making speech more strenuous. This can strain your muscles further and worsen your sore throat.
You don’t have to remain completely silent, but if you can give your voice a rest, you should. It can help you recover faster and soothe the discomfort in your throat.
Relief at Last
Sore throats are never an exciting prospect. But luckily, there are many things you can do to recover from a sore throat quickly and easily.
Whether you reach for a cold drink or a glass of tea, you can give your throat some extra care to recover quickly. If you follow these tips, there is no sore throat that vaping can give you that you can’t overcome.
And once you're back in action, California Honey Vapes has all the necessary equipment. From disposables, rechargeable batteries, and all the gear you’ll need, we can get you back to your vaping ways in no time.
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