If you feel that annoying tickle coming on, try some of these tips to stave off an irritated sore throat.

The common cold, a runny nose, even normal household allergens can all cause a sore throat at this time of year. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, here are a handful of ways you can head it off at the pass with basic pantry ingredients.

1. Gargle it away.

Stir a spoonful of table salt into a glass of warm water and gargle it in the back of your throat. Try to do it at least 30 seconds every hour and you'll be amazed at how quickly it works. 

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2. Honey hits the spot.

A warm mug of tea with honey will coat your throat with a soothing feeling that grandmothers have been pushing for centuries. Honey also has antibacterial qualities that can help if it's something a little more serious.

3. More soup for you!

There's a reason why chicken soup is a universal go-to meal for people with a cold. The soft texture of the stewed veggies, noodles, and meat make it easy to swallow, while it does double duty by getting more fluids into you. While you're at it, pick up some popsicles for dessert. They'll help too!

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4. Spice things up.

If you can handle it, a spicy broth or snack can help open up your sinuses. This, in turn, will help your upper respiratory tract function more efficiently, giving your sore throat a break.

5. Humidity is key.

Dry air will only exacerbate the irritation of a sore throat. That's why you feel so much better in a hot shower when you have a cold. Put a humidifier by your bedside to help ease a scratchy throat. Bonus, your house plants will love the extra moisture.

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If you find yourself struggling to swallow or breathe, seek professional medical advice. For a simple sore or irritated throat, try some of these ideas. They really may help!

Do you have any favorite home remedies for a sore throat? Share them with us in the comments!