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What is the purpose of a salt water gargle for a sore throat?

Why would you use this method? What does the salt provide to help with the sore throat?

Related Topics: Sore Throat, Salt

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Saline gargles (a weak salt solution of 1/4 tsp of salt to 8 oz of water) used as a gargle will help sooth a sore throat and loosen any exudate (that "white stuff") that often accumulates on or around the tonsils. Most people tend to overdo the salt part....making it too strong to tolerate.

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