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Iodine Painting - A Great Natural Sore Throat Remedy

Last Modified on Aug 29, 2015


Are you willing to try painting as a natural remedy for your sore throat? Iodine painting, that is. 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 home cure 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.

How Do I Use It?

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.


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Posted by Brenda (Toronto, Ontario) on 11/23/2012

[YEA]  Iodine paintingworks for sore throat. Please note that iodine can be dangerous to those who have Hashimoto's disease. If you are hypothyroid, best to check with your doctor first.

Posted by Dottie (South Georgi) on 06/05/2009

[YEA]  iodine for sore throat: I use iodine at the first sign of a sore throat. Works every time. Rub the iodine on your neck around the areas that it hurts inside.( I get a lot of only hurts on one side sore throats) Also the veins on the inside of your wrists........ these are closest to the skin surface, rub some on them as well...

Replied by Janice
Coloma, Mi
06/08/2009
I was wondering what kind of iodine do you use? I'm assuming the colorless type?

Posted by Lauren (San Diego, CA) on 05/06/2008

[NAY]  Iodine to cure sore throat- It didn't work for me! I was so surprised and a little skeptical because so many were saying all you do is rub some iodine on your wrists and neck. I've had a sore throat for 4 days now and I tried it in desperation, but nothing happened. I have a big presentation tomorrow and all I have to show for my herbal remedy to cure my excurciatingly sore throat are yellow neck and wrists! Maybe I did it wrong, but gargling 1 tsp of the Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of warm water worked better for me!!

Posted by Nancy (Austin, TX) on 04/02/2008

[YEA]  Swab throat with iodine---never fails to kill a sore throat, so just'the "sniffles" are left.

Posted by Chris (Battle Creek, MI) on 01/31/2008

[YEA]  For almost 3 days my daughter was complained of her throat feeling like she was swallowing knives. Nothing would take it away. After having tried the egg whites for her fever and it working I came back to this site and sure enough - a remedy for a sore throat...IODINE! I put some on her wrists and on the sides of her throat. It took a little bit - like hours, but her sore throat went away and has not returned since! It has been almost a week now! Thanks again for the wonderful remedies!!

Posted by John (Panama City, FL) on 01/20/2008

[YEA]  Iodine for Sore Throats/Ear Aches. I'm trying this for the very first time. Let me add this word of caution: KEEP TOWELS HANDY! Wherever you normally sit - say, a couch or favorite easy chair - place towels where your wrists and hands would normally rest. This is especially important if, like me, you sweat profusely even when still. I also suggest wearing clothing that you won't mind possibly getting stained, as the iodine WILL get all over.

Posted by Igor (Toronto, Canada) on 04/28/2007

[YEA]  WOOOW, Iodine actually works, what I did was put Iodine all over my neck and then put a teaspoon of honey into my mouth, after an hour of doing this my throat sore was GONE. I am truly amazed for the people that have put up, to use Iodine, it really helped me THANK YOU!

Posted by Renee (Houston, TX) on 05/14/2006

[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.

Posted by Hannah (Morgantown) on 03/14/2006

[YEA]  I tried it and in like 10 mins i already felt a difference this stuff is amazing!

Posted by Quita (Atlanta, GA) on 02/07/2006

[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!

Posted by Seymore (Portland Oregon) on 02/06/2006

[YEA]  the Iodine cure worked the best, at first i thought it was weird trying to cure something that was affecting your body at the throat and cure it by painting iodine at the wrists. i also tried it because i had iodine at the time. overall it was the best cure.

Posted by Hallie (The Woodlands, TX) on 11/19/2005

[YEA]  Putting Iodine on my wrists and throat did a wonder. I'm picky when it comes to tasting juice or vinegar, so the iodine was perfect!

Posted by Greg (Atlanta, GA)

[YEA]  Painting Iodine on my wrist gets rid of my sore throat every time!

Replied by Diane
San Miguel Allende, GTO
06/30/2008
i read about the remedy suggested to cure sore throat by painting iodine on the skin of the throat and wrists. i have mixed a capful of iodine w/ a glass of water and gargled. has anyone else done this. i was concerned about any toxic effects?
Replied by Joseph
Maywood, New Jersey, Usa
07/09/2011
For younger children, try a spoonful of any kind of thick syrup. I remember when I was younger it worked every time in relieveing a sore throat, but doesn't work now. If you have kids with a sore throat, this might not be the best way to cure it, but it is the one your kids will probably like the most.

Posted by Nita (St Pete, FL)

[YEA]  Iodine definitely works for me, however, I find it best to use the clear "decolorized" iodine, available at most drugstores. I paint it on the inside of the wrists (where the veins are closest to the skin) and on the sides of the throat.

Posted by Loni (Tallahassee, Fla)

[YEA]  Iodine is my drug of choice. I use it for EVERYTHING. I raise my kids and now my grandkids on iodine. My son was due to have his tonsils removed and I decided to paint his tonsils and he has never been had any more problems with his throat. I took a spray bottle and poured some iodine into the bottle and sprayed his tonsils. As you may know iodine dries quickly, so he didn't really swallow any. It worked within 24 hours after spraying the throat. I have done it for my sore throat and it clears it right up.