The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
Many sore throats are due to viruses, they are usually accompanied by mild
fever and nasal congestion. A more serious sore throat is caused by the
bacteria Streptococcus which can lead to complications such as rheumatic
fever if left untreated. A short course of antibiotics is usually best
for strep throat. Strep throat often has severe pain, along with fever,
headache and white patches in the throat. A simple and quick strep test
can diagnose it. Another cause for a very severe sore throat is mononucleosis,
a viral disease. This is usually accompanied by severe fatigue and swollen
lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin. If your child's sore throat
is very severe, she is not able to swallow and is drooling, go to an emergency
room immediately. These can be signs of a life-threatening condition known
as epiglottitis. For viral sore throat, follow the guidelines under colds
and flu. A salt water gargle can help to relieve discomfort (1 tsp
salt to 8 oz warm water)
the immune system and is effective against a number of bacteria.
Dosage-Liquid extract or glycerin- 1 drop per 4 pounds of body weight
every 3-4 hours
Chewable tablet-5-10 mg per 10 pounds of body weight
for infections of the mucous membranes, has broad antibacterial activity,
and stimulates the immune system.
Glycerin- 1 drop per 4 pounds of body weight
Other herbs- slippery elm, licorice,
* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate.
It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.