I was rather prone to regular bouts of tonsillitis as a child. However, I was never too eager to admit the presence of it to my mother, as her first line of treatment was always a warm saltwater gargle. I used to deem these almost as ghastly as the sore throat itself. Of course, viewing this treatment through a mother’s eye, I can appreciate its benefits. This salt water can flush out some of the bacteria lurking at the back of the throat and, in turn, will speed up the healing process of an acute sore throat.

A sore throat is one of the most common, reoccurring ailments with adults and children alike. A streptococcus throat infection, or what is often referred to as a septic throat, generally presents with associated flu-like symptoms and, in many cases, an elevated temperature will also accompany the feeling of a raw, scratchy throat. In this occurrence, a course of antibiotics may be necessary to treat the infection. However, in most cases a sore throat is caused by a viral infection, such as the common cold, which won’t benefit from an antibiotic.