Sore throat killing you? Unfortunately, a sore throat is a common side effect of environmental allergies. Thankfully, allergy drugs aren’t your only option. Using ingredients you probably have on hand already, you can whip up a delicious pot of vegetable soup. Here’s our best recipe—from our Buffalo, NY clinic, to your kitchen.
- 3 carrots
- 1 onion
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 2-in. knob of ginger
- 2 leeks chopped up
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 bay leaf
- small bundle of thyme
medium-sized sauce pan
- Add some oil to a large pot, and place it on the stove on medium heat. Chop up the onions and garlic and throw them in the pot. Wait until the onions are translucent.
- Chop up the carrots, celery, and leeks, and add them to the pot. Stir for a few minutes and then fill up the pot with water and bring to a boil.
- Add the ginger, thyme, and bay leaf, and allow the pot of water to simmer for at least an hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy! There’s nothing like homemade soup!
Why Do Allergies Cause Sore Throats?
Your body is always producing mucus. In fact, you produce 1.5L of mucus every single day, but you swallow most of it, which is totally normal. However, if you suffer from allergies, your body will produce even more mucus, and if it starts to drip down your throat, it will cause you to start to cough. A post-nasal drip can cause problems swallowing as well, and if you’re breathing with your mouth open, you’ll exacerbate the problem further.
If your symptoms become unbearable, then don’t hesitate to contact your local allergy specialist about your sore throat.