Most of us have probably never heard of painting iodine as an effective home remedy for a sore throat. No matter what treatments you have tried in the past, you probably haven’t given iodine a try. But, if you are dealing with an extremely painful sore throat, iodine might be just the treatment you need.
Can Iodine Really Treat a Sore Throat?
Iodine is considered an effective treatment option for a wide array of common conditions, but does it really work to treat a sore throat? In a word, yes. Iodine is extremely effective for treating a sore throat, just as it is effective for many other health conditions.
Iodine is normally used externally. At the first sign of a sore throat or whenever you feel is necessary, apply iodine to the neck around the areas where you throat hurts inside. You can also use the iodine on the veins of your wrists as these veins are the closest to the skin’s surface. Apply the iodine daily until the soreness subsides.
Regular iodine will stain anything it gets on; colorless iodine is available online or at many pharmacies.
Tips on Treating a Sore Throat With Iodine From Earth Clinic Readers
Renee wrote us about treating a swollen sore throat with iodine painting.[YEA] Iodine cured my swollen saliva/throat glands. After 2 horrible nights of restless sleep. I found this website in searching for a cure (non-prescription) Iodine was suggested. So about noon today, painted the wrists and throat areas. I found Iodine at a local drug store. It was under $2. I took a one hour nap and already felt better. The prior two days, it hurt to swallow, it was horrible to eat or drink, burning sensation during both. I ate watermelon and when I would drink, I would drink as fast as possible. By 2 pm, I was at a soup and salads (buffet restaurant) enjoying soup, more fruit, drinking. It pretty much took care of my sore throat and swollen glands. I read here that it takes care of skin tags. I placed iodine on the 3 I have and hopefully they will be gone. I will report back as to whether or not it works, but as far as the initial success and how great I feel, I have a positive outlook.
Here’s another post by Quita about trying iodine painting even though she thought it was a crazy idea![YEA] I had a severe sore throat recently (I could not even swallow) and my good friend suggested painting the inside of my wrist with iodine. I thought she was crazy. But it worked! The pain was completely gone the next morning. Shortly thereafter my son became sick with a bad cold. Although she recommended the iodine for a sore throat, I used it on my 3-year old and the next day he was 100% better. I googled iodine cures and discovered this site. I am convinced!
What Makes Iodine So Effective?
Iodine is a naturally occurring mineral that the body needs to produce hormones and control the body’s metabolism. In a liquid form, it is also used as an antibacterial agent and anti-inflammatory. When you apply iodine to an inflamed throat, the treatment eliminates infection, kills fungus and bacteria, and eradicates the underlying cause of a sore throat. It also offers immediate relief as it helps reduce inflammation on contact. Iodine is a nutrient that many people are deficient in, so supplementing iodine can help support immune function and relieve a sore throat.
Why Table Salt is Iodized
Prior to the 1920s in the U.S., goiters (enlarged thyroids) were fairly common, especially in the Midwest; about 90% of goiters are caused by an iodine deficiency. At the request of the government, Morton’s added a tiny amount of iodine to their table salt. This only cost a few pennies per person per year, but dramatically decreased the number of people suffering from goiters. Today goiters are fairly rare in the U.S. Iodized sea salt is available as well as iodized table salt.
Iodine is Not for Everyone
Iodine is considered safe for most people, but some people should avoid it and it should not be taken with certain medications. Anyone with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroid Disease or overactive thyroid should not take iodine. Visit WebMD for a list of medications that cannot be taken with iodine.
You have probably used iodine to treat cuts or scrapes before, but now you can try it as a remedy for a sore throat. Scroll down the page to read more about how others have used iodine for their sore throats. Try it and let us know what you think.