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Mix up a salt-water gargle or a honey-and-lemon solution to naturally soothe a sore throat and ease cold symptoms.   
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If the dry air or a lingering seasonal cold has your throat feeling irritated, try gargling a couple of times a day with warm salt water. Gargling can help reduce inflammation, loosen mucus and even flush out irritants. All you have to do is dissolve a half-teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and then gargle a mouthful of the solution for 30 to 60 seconds three times a day (spit out, don’t swallow, the salt-water solution). If you don’t like the taste of the salt water, mix a tablespoon of honey with some warm water and lemon and sip that instead. This solution will coat your throat, soothing irritation. You can also eat chicken soup twice a day. If your sore throat lasts for more than a week, or if the pain makes it difficult to swallow, see your doctor so she can rule out a more serious diagnosis.

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