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OT Home remedy for sore throat after surgery

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I have tried cough drops, Chloraspetic spray.  I want to sleep.  Pain killers dealing with surgical site, not throat.

Any ideas?

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Kimberly3271270096582.2271677 PostsRegistered 12/12/2008

Lots of water! Your throat might just be parched due to the meds? Popsicles?

Brabls1270096690.4514740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007


I have yogurt pops in the freezer.  I will give one a try.  Thank you.



kiddo1270096693.0610263 PostsRegistered 12/6/2006

Gargle warm salt water.


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Kimberly3271270097115.6631677 PostsRegistered 12/12/2008

Good luck with your recovery. Might be an old wives' tale, but I'd stay away from the yogurt pops, I think anything milk based might coat your throat, not relieve it. Warm salt water is a great recommendation. When my throat hurts, I try anything as cold as I can stand it, but that's so temporary, warm sounds better. Try a warm compress, too? It might relax you. Sorry for your pain, surgery is never fun.

crdlb1270097599.87713379 PostsRegistered 6/24/2009So. Cal.

Sorry for your discomfort. I had throat surgery last year and remember the pain well. Vicodin helped me a lot. Eating ice cubes, too.  Maybe you just need to take a sleeping aid to "escape" for a while.

Katmary1270110621.7071724 PostsRegistered 4/24/2006

I'm a bit confused if it's dry mouth from the medication or if your throat's sore from having surgery in your throat.  I know even just having breathing tubes can leave a pretty bad sore throat! Anyhow, for short-term relief all I can think of is small sips of water (swish around the gums too) and sugar-free gum.  With the water, ice to calm it a bit and warm if you feel that may help.  If it's dry mouth and continues, the Biotene line of dental products (toothpaste, mouthwash, gel to smooth around gums) been a lifesaver for dry mouth and a medication I take along with a spray I get from my dentist that can be ordered online (Theraspray).  The latter's more for long-term dry mouth conditions and it's helped a lot. 

I really don't know if any of this would help since I'm not sure why your throat is hurting, but I hope you feel better real soon.  Take good care of yourself.


snowleopard1270124194.931089 PostsRegistered 4/12/2008

Two remedies that have always worked in our house:

1. Fudgesicles (ice milk, not actually dairy, so it works to soothe; my doc recommends these for sore throats AND anytime one needs extra fluid but has a hard time drinking, like after a stomach flu).

2. Slippery elm - can use the tincture form (put drops in warm water) of the herb or take via lozenges. I find the tincture form to soothe the most.

HTH and I hope you feel better very soon.

Caffeina1270131989.621940 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Gargle with salt water.

hugsandkis­ses1270133108.9171247 PostsRegistered 5/1/2007
On 3/31/2010 Brabls said:

I have tried cough drops, Chloraspetic spray.  I want to sleep.  Pain killers dealing with surgical site, not throat.

Any ideas?

 Hi Brabls,

From your post, I am reading it as is a "sore scratched up throat" as a result of a breathing tube and not actual surgery at the throat site ?

I know that is very painful....I have experience it myself.

This is what worked for me...and it took a while (almost 2 wks) to get rid of the hoarsness and pain...I didnt find a magic trick to move it along quicker...But this helped sooth me while it healed on its own: 

I took OTC pain relief, but since your taking Pain Meds for the surgery, I would check with your doctor and ask what you can do to help yourself along. 

I drank Lots of warm (not hot) liquids, did'nt eat anything spicey. I gargled with warm water and if I felt like it, I did cold things...ice pops, jello etc.  As suggeted, I would Stay away from Milk products (ice cream) it tends to produce phelgm in your thoat.  

Hope you feel better Soon.

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Faith-Anne1270135490.781220 PostsRegistered 2/25/2005Jersey Shore

Hi Brabls..I don't have any suggestions I just wanted to say I hope you feel better soon and get plenty of rest...



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RedConvert­ibleGirl1270138182.56314992 PostsRegistered 9/3/2005Pacific NW

Throat Coat (the stuff that looks like tea)

Flax seed.  Put about 1/2 cup of seeds in 2 cups boiling water until they foam, and let cool.  Sip throughout the day.

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Rowdymom1270169123.7113101 PostsRegistered 6/20/2005SE PA

Sounds like you have a little trauma from the airway. Warm Salt water gargles, ice chips and Tincture of Time.. It will get better, just take your pain med and try to rest.

Hope you feel better soon.

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Brabls1270171194.11714740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007

Thanks you for the tips.  My throat is back to normal,  I can swallow without it hurting.

2-3 weeks, I should be back to normal.

baby burns1270179987.648793 PostsRegistered 12/9/2007

hi, i had eight operations in two years, you should call your dr. because it is very very important, you could have caught a bug at the hospital, or have a infection, that you do not want.  its awful after operations, does your mouth get dry? i felt like i was on a desert, gave me something to increase saliva in my mouth. good luck!

hopi1270180310.211543 PostsRegistered 11/26/2006

try that aerosol saline nasal spray through your nose or a neti pot

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