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What is the best home remedy for itchy throat & nagging cough?

What is the best home remedy for itchy throat & nagging cough?

Find the cause: It all depends how long you have had those symptoms. If it has been more than a few days, that means it is not a cold, but rather maybe post nasal drip from nasal allergies, . Try over the counter antihistamines and saline nasal spray and consult an allergist if things persist. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a dry cough and itchy throat. Is there any remedy or cure to recover.?

I have a dry cough and itchy throat. Is there any remedy or cure to recover.?

Possibly: This may be allergy exacerbation. If you have no contraindications you can try an otc antihistamine to see if it helps. If not you should see your primary ...Read more

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Living in Singapore. SOB, Chronic cough, itchy throat in office and home for 1 year. What allergies should I be tested for besides dust, cats, mold?

Living in Singapore. SOB, Chronic cough, itchy throat in office and home for 1 year. What allergies should I be tested for besides dust, cats, mold?

Environmental: Allergens you need to be tested. They cause post nasal drip which makes you cough plus itchy throat. Cold/flu is not associated with itching. There is also a condition known as pollen-fruit or oral allergy syndrome wherein one gets itching mouth/throat from eating certain fruits due to cross-reaction with pollen allergy. Apple, banana, melon, avocado are the more common culprits. ...Read more

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Have cold with itchy throat, ears and chest for the past three days. Been taking cough drops; should I visit doctor or try something at home?

Have cold with itchy throat, ears and chest for the past three days. Been taking cough drops; should I visit doctor or try something at home?

Itchy upper airway: Sometimes allergies will do the same. So its not a bad idea to have ur doc take a look. Some times asthma presents with itchy chest and throat at the onset. ...Read more

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Is it ok chew fresh finger for my itchy throat and cough im pregnant and I want natural home remedy?

Is it ok chew fresh finger for my itchy throat and cough im pregnant and I want natural home remedy?

Fresh Ginger: If you mean fresh ginger rather than "fresh finger, " yes it's fine to use while pregnant. I can't imagine the other would be very pleasant. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of a persistent itchy throat and cough?

How do you get rid of a persistent itchy throat and cough?

Identify trigger: Coughing may be related to itching of the throat. While an antihistamine may decrease the itching, the best long term approach would be to see an allergist to perform testing to identify the trigger. ...Read more

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Feel like my bodies on fire an aches but I'm shaking with chills I just had baby 7 days ago been having itchy throat and cough all day what do suggest?

Feel like my bodies on fire an aches but I'm shaking with chills I just had baby 7 days ago been having itchy throat and cough all day what do suggest?

Upper resp infection: Most likely upper respiratory infection (viral). Try lots of rest and lots of vitamin c and fluids. Most time will go away in few days, otherwise need medications from md. ...Read more

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Itchy throat and cough keeping me 'and' everyone else up at night- tips to get rid of or soothe? Medicine and throat lozenges do nothing for it.

Post nasal drip: You may have. Post nasal drip that is causing your cough and itchy throat. Use salt water nose drops several times a day. Go to sleep with a vaporizer and sleep on several pillows. Use vaporub on chest before you go to sleep. ...Read more

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My back and my chest and stomach hurts of a dry itchy throat and cough I have. What can I take?

My back and my chest and stomach hurts of a dry itchy throat and cough I have. What can I take?

Bronchitis: It sounds like you may have a bronchitis. Most of the time it is viral but if persistent for several days and with fever you should see your pcp or urgent care to be evaluated and perhaps needing an antibiotic. You can try some otc cough medications initially. ...Read more

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Itchy throat. Making me cough?

Itchy throat. Making me cough?

Could be: Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed. **
or add 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve itchinessor a few times per day. Slippery elm bark lozenges are also helpful. ...Read more

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Can there be a quick remedy for itchy throat?

Can there be a quick remedy for itchy throat?

Itchy throat: Garggle woth salt and water, it will soothe it, if you have nasal congestion, a saline nasal spray also helps. ...Read more

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I have dry cough and itchy throat. What should I do?

I have dry cough and itchy throat. What should I do?

Allergies: Itching in the roof of your mouth is a sign of some type of allergy, maybe to something you use right before bed or when you wake up.
Toothpaste or mouth wash?
You might try some otc Claritin (loratadine) to see if this helps. If not then see you pcp and see of you need an allergy test of the allergist consult.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

Itchy throat chest congestion cough what is it?

How long?: Itching is often associated with allergy. If you have had these symptoms for more than 2 weeks or they have been recurring, they are likely from allergies. Consult an allergist to find out what may be ailing you and whether you may have asthma as well. If there is a family history of allergies, then your chances of having allergies get much higher. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for an itchy throat that also induces phlegm?

ANTIHISTAMIN//DECONG: Most of the time itchy throat and phlegm are due to allergy and antihistamines and decongestants may help the sumptoms. ...Read more

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What will I do if I have a on and off itchy throat that makes me cough hard without a pleghm?

What will I do if I have a on and off itchy throat that makes me cough hard without a pleghm?

? Allergy: Affecting your upper airway and can still cause cough, you might be having upper/lower airway chronic inflammation, certain environmental triggers would stimulate your symptoms. See an ENT or an Allergist if you have one around, meanwhile, salt water gargles, saline nasal wash if you have congestion, and may be OTC less sedating antihistaminic, as loratadine, as needed would help, good luck ...Read more

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I am experiencing itchy throat and a lot of coughing. I ate a cough drop but no results. Please help me?

I am experiencing itchy throat and a lot of coughing. I ate a cough drop but no results. Please help me?

Remedies: Mix hot water, 1 tsp. Lemon juice & 1 tsp. honey in a mug, then add more lemon juice or honey to taste, if desired. Sip the mixture slowly and inhale the steam from the hot liquid to help reduce congestion in the chest. Or make tea with 2 tsp of Marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve coughing. ...Read more

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I've had minor cough for the past week, not constant but more like when my throat starts to itch. What causes itchy throat? I drink plenty of fluids.

I've had minor cough for the past week, not constant but more like when my throat starts to itch. What causes itchy throat? I drink plenty of fluids.

Hard to tell: The most likely answer is a viral infection especially if the cough goes away after a few weeks and is not getting worse. However if persistent and worsening, you will need to see your dcotr. ...Read more

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I have a persistent cough because of an itchy throat. Why?

I have a persistent cough because of an itchy throat. Why?

Allergy: Persistent cough with itching is usually due congestion of the back of throat. Allergic reaction to inhaled allergen is the usual cause. Weather change and irritants such as tobacco smoke can also cause the same symptoms. Over the counter antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) and decongestants such as sudafed could be useful. ...Read more

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I'm having a dry cough accompanied with itchy throat what is over-the-counter med for these?

See a physician: You should consult a physician. You did not mention what triggers your cough. You may be suffering from allergies and postnasal drip. Allergy medication like antihistamine and nasal spray and neti potty sinus rinse can help. Consult a physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Itchy throat on and off for 3 weeks, makes me want to cough (non productive). Relief from ventolin. But comes back.?

Itchy throat on and off for 3 weeks, makes me want to cough (non productive). Relief from ventolin. But comes back.?

Possible asthma: If you are using ventolin I assume you are asthmatic your itchy throat could be a postnasal drip and if so a decongestant would help as v works the cough could be from constriction are you tight or sob any situations that affects your asthma if decongestant doesn't help I would suggest md. ...Read more

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I have a dry itchy throat followed by a persistent dry cough with a cough followed by phelgm at night... I am not sick?

I have a dry itchy throat followed by a persistent dry cough with a cough followed by phelgm at night... I am not sick?

Possibilities...: Possible etiologies include post-nasal drip, gerd, allergy, bronchospasm or even a combination of these factors. Each if these has a different treatment so you may need to see your doctor so a diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered, especially if these symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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What is a good over-the-counter medication to take for an itchy throat? I have a minor cough, particularly when I am in bed. I drink lots of fluids.

What is a good over-the-counter medication to take for an itchy throat? I have a minor cough, particularly when I am in bed. I drink lots of fluids.

Try antihistamine: Try otc antihistamine. More importantly, find out what may be triggering the itching and the cough. If the cough has been present for weeks or months, you may even have asthma. ...Read more

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Coughing for 3 weeks. At first the cough was only a problem at night. Now is a continuous unproductive cough due to an itchy throat. Should I see a doc?

Coughing for 3 weeks. At first the cough was only a problem at night. Now is a continuous unproductive cough due to an itchy throat. Should I see a doc?

Yes....: Any cough present for 3 weeks or longer needs to be evaluated by a physician. Treatment depends on the etiology of the cough and this can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Possible etiologies include gerd and post-nasal drip (especially if worse in supine position) as well as bronchospasm or even a combination of these diagnoses. Treatment depends on etiology so see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of a hacking cough and irritated itchy throat?

What is the best way to get rid of a hacking cough and irritated itchy throat?

Give it time: If this is relatively recent then it will probably resolve on its own as the tissue heals up. Most of these colds are from viruses and do not need antibiotics. If it is not clearing up and has been several weeks or has colored discharge you may want to see your dr. Always see a dr. If it has been more than a month. ...Read more

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Itchy throat not sore, dry persistant cough for 4 months, shortness of breath causing me to cough more?

Itchy throat not sore, dry persistant cough for 4 months, shortness of breath causing me to cough more?

Viral: About 85% of sore throats are viral. They can be just as dramatic as their bacterial counterparts. If you're having trouble swallowing, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have red spots on back of throat, itchy throat and ears, what is this and treatment?

Might be an upper: Respiratory infection, cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect ; mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey ; a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more

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How to determine if itchy throat is from allergies or not. No pain. Just a kinda deep annoying itch. Makes me want to cough to scratch it. Runny nose s/t?

Allergy testing: The most definitive way to know if this is from allergies is to be tested, either a skin or blood test. Your symptoms do sound a lot like allergies and will probably respond to an antihistamine; however you should consult with your physician first. ...Read more

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Itchy throat and dry cough for a month. On omeprazole 20mg for a week not sure if helping. I feel generally fine what's wrong with me?

Itchy throat and dry cough for a month. On omeprazole 20mg for a week not sure if helping. I feel generally fine what's wrong with me?

Throat irritation: The description of your symptoms is suggestive of environmental allergies. This would not be improved with Omeprazole. You may consider taking OTC anti-histamine such as Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine) for a couple of weeks and evaluate your symptoms for improvement. If no progress, see your doctor for a more thorough work up. ...Read more

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At night when I lay down I start getting a itchy throat and a dry cough why is that it's just nights is this a bad thing should I see a doctor?

At night when I lay down I start getting a itchy throat and a dry cough why is that it's just nights is this a bad thing should I see a doctor?

Not a bad thing: But need to see your doctor, airway inflammation, reflux, sinusitis, rhinitis, all those could be the cause for your symptoms, your doctor would be able to decide on management, good luck ...Read more

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Minor cough itchy throat started last week after I took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?

Minor cough itchy throat started last week after I took expectorant/cough suppressant combination medicine to loosen mucus. Did the medicine cause it?

Doubt it.: You took the med because you began to have symptoms and thus the worsening is a progression of whatever started your coughing in the first place. If the duration is over 2 weeks or the problem is worsening, see your family doc. ...Read more

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Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?

Itchy throat every night then asthma attacks, what medicine should I take? Should I take antihistamine? A cough medicine?

Medical evaluation: This certainly sounds like alleriy induced asthma- I would not advise self mediciation since you should get allergy testing and pulmonry function testing: most OTC mediciations will NOT help in these circumstances. Call for a medical appointment ASAP. ...Read more

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I have lumps under my chin, dry cough and itchy throat and mouth hurts

Lymph nodes swollen: The lumps under your chin are probably lymph nodes which are used by your body to help fight infection. You should see your primary care doctor for an evaluation. These all could amount to a viral infection or strep throat or other. Your primary care doctor can evaluated you and perform the necessary tests/cultures, etc. ...Read more

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I have an itchy throat between nose and mouth that has been persistent for about a week. Is there an easy remedy?

I have an itchy throat between nose and mouth that has been persistent for about a week. Is there an easy remedy?

Might be allergies: You can treat an itchy throat with warm salt water gargles and an over the counter antihistamine like loratadine. If you have allergies the Loratadine should help, and if it's just irritation the salt water will help. Make the salt water weak- not more than 1/2 tsp per cup of warm water. Stay away from airway irritants like smoke and see your doc if the symptoms don't resolve in a few days. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Itching Throat (Definition)

Uncomfortable sensation in pharynx. ...Read more