Why does cold water make my sore throat worse, and why does warm water sooth it?



Generally, shouldn’t colder temperature help with inflamation. On that note too, why does gout, another inflamation, also react badly to the cold?

In: Biology


The esophagus (food pipe of the throat) is one long muscle. While the heat will open the vessels, it will also help relax the muscles. Inflammation is also part of our healing process, so increasing blood flow can help some. So cold, while it can numb pain, doesn’t help healing in those regards