Pharyngitis is the inflammation of the pharynx, that causes discomfort or pain when swallowing.
In most cases, pharyngitis leads to the inflammation of the lymphatic ganglion under the lower jaw that become painful to touch.
Another common symptom of pharyngitis is cough. Often times dry cough is one of the first symptoms of flu and other respiratory conditions.
Pharyngitis can also be triggered by an allergy or a fungus infection in the body.
In This Article You Will Find:
Most Common Causes of Pharyngitis
Acute pharyngitis is one of the most frequently accompanying symptoms for most upper respiratory tract conditions. Due to the direct communication between the pharyngeal mucous to the nasal mucous, pharyngitis is most commonly the first sign of catarrh.
The symptoms are a strep and irritated throat, red in color, with an unpleasant sensation when swallowing.
- In other cases, pharyngitis can become chronic, when the patient is exposed to irritants or allergens such as a polluted environment, alcohol or cigarette smoke.
- There may be other causes for chronic pharyngitis, such as mechanical factors. This is why pharyngitis is very common with people who use their voices a lot, singers for example.
- Another cause may also be breathing through the mouth due to a clogged nose.
- Old age is another cause for pharyngitis. The reason is that along with aging, the body’s secretion production drops, leading to a permanent cough often time untreatable.
- Some modern drugs, such as the medicine for high blood pressure can cause an irritating cough that can be mistaken for pharyngitis.
The Main Types of Pharyngitis
- Simple Pharyngitis – sore throat, mild discomfort when swallowing, moderate fever.
- Pultaceous Pharyngitis – puss present in the pharynx or around the tonsils, intense pain when swallowing, high fever (it’s best to see a doctor when you experience all these symptoms).
- Dry Pharyngitis – much more irritative, no mucous or expectoration; it is more difficult to treat and requires intense hydration.
The Symptoms of Pharyngitis
- Pain when swallowing. This is the first symptom of pharyngitis and the one that goes away the last. This pain is triggered by the inflammation and irritation caused by excessive coughing.
- Swollen lymph. Usually the ganglion around the pharynx swell up (maxillary, jaw, axillary)
- It is not always present.
- Excess mucous or expectoration. When the mucous get inflamed, the body secrets more mucous that causes phlegm buildup.
- In most cases it’s an irritating cough due to extreme itch in the throat. It usually gets more intense at deep inhales.
12 Home Remedies for Pharyngitis
1. Herbal Mix Tea for Pharyngitis
Make a herbal mix of 30 g hedge mustard (Erysimum officinale), 30 g fennel (Foeniculum vulgaris), 15 g common ivy (Hedera helix) and 15 g hyssop (Hyssopus officinale).
- Boil a cup of water and add 2-4 tsp. of this plant mix.
- Drink as hot as possible.
- If you dislike the taste, you can add some organic honey to sweeten it up.
2. Onion Juice Remedy for Pharyngitis
Honey sweetened onion juice is a real elixir for sore throat caused by pharyngitis or tonsillitis.
- First, peel 5 large onions, slice them up and place them in a mixing bowl.
- Add 8 tbsp of honey on top, cover the bowl and let it sit for 24 hours, while stirring frequently.
- Strain the juice obtained from the soaked onions.
Pour it in a dark colored bottle with a seal. Keep the onion juice in the fridge.
- Have 1 tsp of this tea 4 times per day until the symptoms of pharyngitis are gone completely.
3. Baking Soda Gargle for Pharyngitis
Prepare two cups of water and add 1 tsp of baking soda in one and a 1 tsp of salt in the other. Gargle a few times a day, first with the baking soda water and immediately afterwards with the salted water. Make profound gargles but don’t swallow. This remedy is also good for laryngitis, tonsillitis and headaches.
4. Blackberry Leaves Tea Remedy
For this simple remedy you need 100 g of blackberry leaves (Rubus fruticosus). Boil the leaves on low heat for 5-10 minutes in 1 l of water. Leave the tea aside for 10 minutes. Make long gargles, so wash the irritated mucous well with the blackberry tea. Repeat whenever you feel discomfort.
5. Common marshmallow tea for Pharyngitis
Make a tea with common marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) leaves and flowers, sweeten it honey and use it for gargles in the morning and at night.
6. Blueberries Stew Remedy for Pharyngitis
Add 1 handful of blueberries in 1 liter of boiling water and continue boiling until the quantity drops to half. Rinse your mouth first and then use the blueberries stew for gargling, after it has cooled off.
7. Green Tea with Chilly
Prepare a green or black tea in which you add 10 hot chilly seeds. Drink the tea as hot as possible in small sips, so that it has the time to take effect in the throat area.
8. Honeycomb Home Remedy
Chew on a honeycomb for 30 minutes, every morning between 10 and 11 am.
9. Maria Treben’s Miraculous Teas for Pharyngitis
Maria Treben, the famous Austrian author and herbalist known for making traditional German/Eastern European remedies popular throughout the entire world, recommends 3 simple teas for pharyngitis.
These teas are:
- Coltsfoot flowers tea (Tussilago farfara). This plant is very popular for its anti-inflamatory and expectorant properties, that’s why Treben recommends it for pharyngitis as well as bronchitis, laryngitis, bronchial asthma and pleurisy, and even for incipient tuberculosis. This tea is amazing for cough episodes and hoarseness. Drink a cup of hot coltsfoot flower tea several times per day.
- Sage tea (Salvia officinalis). Maria Treben recommends that external use of sage tea for tonsillitis, throat conditions, dental abscesses, pharyngeal inflammations and oral problems. Prepare this tea by scalding 1 tsp. of sage into 1 cup of water and let it sit. Make a compress with this tea and apply it on your throat area, where you experience the pain caused by pharyngitis.
- Common agrimony tea (Agrimonia eupatoria). This plant is known to have a powerful curative effect for all throat and mouth inflammations. According to Maria Treben, common agrimony tea should be our go-to remedy for angina, pharyngitis, ulcerative stomatitis, and other inflammations of the oral mucosa. Use this tea for gargles or drink 1-2 cups of this tea daily.
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12. Natural Remedy for Pharyngitis Caused by Yeast Infection
A sore throat that simply doesn’t go away may be a case of pharyngitis triggered by a yeast infection of the mouth. Although this may sound scary, you shouldn’t panic because there are some natural ways you can treat pharyngitis without conventional drugs.
If you have access to acupuncture or reflexology, we recommend that you try these alternative approaches to treat your pharyngitis. If not, what you can do is work on your diet and follow these simple and all-natural tips:
- Take out meat and meat products from your diet until your throat heals completely and eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
- Eat garlic on a daily basis; you can also drink the juice from 2 carrots, 1 parsley root and 2 cloves of garlic for 10 days.
- Add 10 tbsp. of brans to your daily diet; you can add them to a smoothie or a yogurt.
- Use fir essential oil for daily inhalations.
- Gargle multiple times per day with a herbal mix of marigold, licorice and yarrow.
Although pharyngitis may be a real pain and create great discomfort, there are very many home remedies out there that actually help. We have shared with you a few of the most effective remedies for pharyngitis and we hope you try them successfully. Stay healthy!