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scarf for a sore throat?!  Actions...
Posted: by alagator19 on Sat. 16 Jun., 2012 at 9:37:47 PM

My boyfriends portuguese aunt INSISTS that a sore throat can be cured/improved/prevented by wearing a scarf when early soreness appears. This sounds like an old wives tale.  Any truth to this?



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Old wives tale  Actions...
Posted: by MsGinny on Sat. 16 Jun., 2012 at 10:26:46 PM
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Sometimes there is a hint of truth in old wives tales but sore throats are caused by a virus or bacteria and can't be "cured" by wearing a scarf. The scarf may provide warmth that may sooth, but other than that... I don't think it works.

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My friend's German mother  Actions...
Posted: by vibrantgirl on Sat. 16 Jun., 2012 at 11:44:51 PM
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swore by the same thing.

I tried it I think, way back when, and didn't notice any big difference.

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just curious.. what did you  Actions...
Posted: by jadeyy on Sun. 17 Jun., 2012 at 6:06:54 AM
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decide to do about moving to Egypt?

Just google curing sore throats with a scarf and you may be surprised at the answers








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a warm beagle?  Actions...
Posted: by teady on Sun. 17 Jun., 2012 at 6:28:38 AM
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"a warm beagle" - your dog?  Or a typo for a bagel? 

Warm scarf - likely too late to cure the sore throat; as others have said, it might just make you feel better.  Similar to drinking lemon tea or soup.

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I remember the old folks doing it  Actions...
Posted: by tigsw_tigsw on Sun. 17 Jun., 2012 at 11:20:30 PM
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lllll  Actions...
Posted: by sunny22 on Mon. 18 Jun., 2012 at 12:24:31 PM
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When my brother and I were little if we got a sore throat my Mom would put Vicks on, then a folded hankie and then one of my Dad's wooly socks done up with a safety pin and that is how we slept at night.

It reallt seemed to help and we never missed much school due to being sick





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Yes Sunny  Actions...
Posted: by Tag on Thu. 21 Jun., 2012 at 6:25:30 AM
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My Mom (in the 40's) would put Raleigh's Liniment on our neck and cover it with one of my Dad's big hankies.


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I was going to say the same thing!  Actions...
Posted: by flowerpot on Sun. 24 Jun., 2012 at 10:58:53 PM
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My Mom sore by Vicks Vaporub.  It was her cure-all in the days when you didn't run to the doctor for the sniffles.  She wrapped the neck with a cloth of some sort.  Thank goodness she didn't use my dad's wool socks.  Makes me itch just thinking about that.  I think the wrap was just to keep the Vicks soothing the throat and to keep it from staining the pillowcase.  It seemed to work.  I still like the smell of Vicks when I'm sick.

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And to add to this discussion...  Actions...
Posted: by dreamer16 on Tue. 26 Jun., 2012 at 11:07:06 PM
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my mother used to use Vick's vapo-rub for everything.  She thought it cured nasal congestion, sinus problems, sore throats, and congested chests.  She'd rub it on our chests, necks, and/or under our noses.

Here's the real scoop on that from the Mayo Clinic:


Even mustard plasters that we taught how to do in school, were discontinued by my second year of working in a hospital due to the high risk of burns and their general lack of effectiveness.  

Sometimes the placebo effect has more to do with this.  

Although, there are many good, reputable folk remedies out there.  So, it's important to distinguish between the two.

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My goodness!  Actions...
Posted: by flowerpot on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 10:16:09 AM
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It's a wonder we survived our childhood and Vicks!

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yep  Actions...
Posted: by Koda on Wed. 27 Jun., 2012 at 1:57:53 PM
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Vicks under the nose, on the chest & back, don't remember rubbing it on my throat though. Then there was the big bowl of Liptons Chicken Noodle soup as well. 

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