If your throat is dry, red, painful and inflamed, and you have a difficulty swallowing, prepare this simple salty solution: put one quarter of a spoon of salt in a cup of warm water. This will efficiently remove the secretion and it will lower the painful swelling. Moreover, this dilution encourages immunoglobulin secretion thus creating immunity of the mucus membrane. For a stronger effect, you can add a bit of lemon juice.
Gargle this salty dilution during the day as needed, and add a spoon of honey for a calming effect. Moreover, you can also gargle chamomile or marshmallow tea since they have a soothing effect and create a protective layer on the mucus membrane which calms down the irritated throat.