Should you have ice cream for sore throat?

The weather is changing and so, many have sore throat complaints. Surprisingly, eating ice cream may help you with a sore throat.
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Natalia Ningthoujam Published: 18 Nov 2023, 10:59 pm IST
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If you or your child’s throat gets scratchy and it becomes painful to swallow, it might be a case of a sore throat. Throat surgery, viruses that can give colds or flu, allergies or smoking are some of the causes of a sore throat. Irrespective of the cause, there are some foods that one can eat when they have a sore throat. Is ice cream one of them? Read on to find out if you can give ice cream to your child as a home remedy for a sore throat.

What is a sore throat?

A sore throat is a common symptom of various conditions, often caused by viral or bacterial infections. It can also result from environmental factors like dry air or irritants such as smoke, says Dr Jayanta Thakuria, an internal medicine and rheumatology expert. The throat becomes inflamed and irritated, causing discomfort, pain and difficulty in swallowing.

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A sore throat can be due to many reasons. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Can ice cream be good for a sore throat?

Ice cream managed to reduce some of the pain that was associated with tonsillectomy, as per a 2020 study published in the Cureus journal. While it may not be a cure, ice cream can indeed offer temporary relief, says
Dr Thakuria. The cold temperature helps to numb the throat, reducing pain and inflammation. Also, the smooth texture can be gentler on a sore and scratchy throat compared to coarse or spicy foods.

Types of ice cream better for a sore throat

With so many flavours and types of ice cream available in the market, it can get a bit confusing while choosing the right ice cream. Opt for creamy, softer varieties that are less likely to irritate the throat. Vanilla and other mild flavours are preferable, as strong and acidic flavours like citrus or chocolate may exacerbate irritation. Moreover, avoid ice creams with mix-ins like nuts or crunchy bits that could irritate the sensitive throat further.

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Is ice cream good for a sore throat? Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Tips to cure a sore throat

Ice cream can provide a delightful respite, but it’s not a cure for a sore throat. So, to truly tackle the root cause, consider these six effective ways:

• Give plenty of fluids, such as warm water, herbal teas or soothing broths, to keep your child’s throat moist.
• Take a teaspoon of salt and put it in a glass of warm water and then let your kid gargle several times a day.
• Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier can prevent the throat from drying out, especially in places with dry climates or heated indoor spaces.
• Let your child give vocal cords a break by limiting talking, singing or whispering. Rest is crucial when it comes to the healing process.
• Use throat sprays or pain relievers to alleviate symptoms, but always follow recommended dosages.

If symptoms persist or worsen, check with a doctor who can determine if an underlying infection requires specific treatment.

It is also essential to be mindful of factors that can exacerbate the condition. Make sure your child is not exposed to secondhand smoke, as that can irritate the throat, hindering the healing process. It can be difficult, but you should try to make your kid talk less. Excessive talking, yelling or singing with a sore throat can strain the vocal cords, prolonging recovery.

While ice cream may not be a miracle cure for a sore throat, it can certainly provide some comfort in the midst of discomfort. Coupled with other remedies and mindful choices, you can navigate through the scratchiness and pain, ensuring a smoother path to recovery.

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Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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