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RealSimple.com: 8 Sore-Throat Soothers

Slippery-Elm Lozenges

Try it when: Your throat is red and feels raw.

How it works: The powdered bark of the tree keeps your throat moist, which eases the discomfort brought on by inflammation. Try Thayers Sugar Free Slippery Elm Lozenges ($12, thayers.com), which are free of lactose. That’s important, says Finkelstein, because dairy ingredients may stimulate pain-inducing inflammation.

Good to know: Some slippery-elm lozenges are combined with vitamin C,
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which some studies have shown to reduce a cold’s duration, including scratchy throats. (Thayers lozenges fit this bill.) As with zinc lozenges, check with your doctor before using.

(Photo: Davies and Starr)



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