• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Treating your sore throat

January 9, 2017

a woman sitting on a couch, with a scarf around her neck and her hand to her throat, with a glass of water, a lemon, and some medication on a table in the foregroundTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Treating a sore throat 
A sore throat can be caused by a viral infection or a bacterial infection. Depending on the cause, treatment may involve over-the-counter pain medications or prescription antibiotics, and sometimes alternative medicine care may help as well.  What's right for your sore throat?

Strategies to prevent heart disease
Heart problems are to blame for the recent losses of entertainers Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke. What can you do to protect your own health?

EXPERT ANSWERS
Fructose intolerance: Which foods to avoid
If your body doesn't absorb the sugar fructose properly, learn what to look for on food labels.

Uveitis and depression: What coping strategies can help?
Having uveitis, a type of swelling of the eye that can cause vision loss, may put you at risk of depression. Here's what you can do to help yourself.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Slideshow: 7 fingernail problems not to ignore
Arthritis pain: Do's and don'ts
Coping with the complications of multiple myeloma
Video: Upper body stretches for the workplace

HEALTHY RECIPES
Creole-style black-eyed peas
Balsamic roast chicken
Brown rice pilaf with asparagus and mushrooms
Soft chocolate cake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Weight-loss tip: Don't skip snacks
Do you feel guilty about snacking? Don't. Snacks aren't necessarily bad. Well-planned weight-loss diets allow for snacks to help manage hunger and reduce binging. Eating a healthy snack of fresh fruit or raw vegetables may stop you from taking second or third helpings at your next meal ─ dramatically cutting the total calories you consume.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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Some kinds of Parmesan cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and coffee may be fake. Learn how food fraud happens and how to protect yourself.

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