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Spicy exchange / 2022

Is hot sauce the sore throat home remedy you need this cold season?

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Spicy foods have been used to soothe sore throats for hundreds of years. But is it actually effective?

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There is definitely evidence that hot sauce may be able to soothe away a sore throat.

Can hot sauce help a sore throat?

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What we know

There is tons of research behind the effectiveness of capsaicin, the compound that makes hot sauce spicy, as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.

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Capsaicin causes a burning pain reaction, so your body compensates by triggering a pain relief reaction. That pain relief effect sticks around, even after the spiciness has waned.

How it works

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Post-operative sore throat

Capsaicin has also been found to be effective as a remedy for post-operative sore throat.

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Try adding hot sauce to your favorite soup or curry to make it extra spicy. You can also add hot sauce to your favorite herbal tea.

How to use hot sauce for sore throat

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Risks of using hot sauce

The main risk of using hot sauce for your sore throat is that it's spicy! It can cause an unpleasant sensation in your mouth and throat. This is NOT a home remedy to try for kids!

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