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Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Is it possible for cough drops to irritate your throat and cause tickling if overused?

Avoid menthol: Menthol which is in most drops, feels good and cool at first. But it is drying to the mucosa and will dry your irritated throat. So use glycerin instead. Or black currant. Or pectin containing drops. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Is eating too many cough drops bad for my throat?

Is eating too many cough drops bad for my throat?

Maybe: Why are you eating "too many cough drops"? Most are full of sugar, not so bad for your throat but not good for your overall health. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to suck on 1-2 cough drops every day to prevent sore throats?

Is it a good idea to suck on 1-2 cough drops every day to prevent sore throats?

Other idea: While sucking on cough drops is unlikely to be harmful and may help throat irritation, consider seeing a health care provider to assist in finding out why the sore throats are occurring. With that information, it may be possible to prevent the sore throats in the first place. ...Read more

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My throat hurts and I've been using cough drops and honey and it's not helping. What can you do for me?

My throat hurts and I've been using cough drops and honey and it's not helping. What can you do for me?

Sore throat cause?: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. ...Read more

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My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why ?

My throat hurts in the morning and at night. I take a cough drop and the pain goes away. I'm always good for the rest of the day. Why ?

AM throat pain: Could be reflux. Consider raising head of bed ( pillow under mattress), try ranitidine and or prevecid, avoid lots of coffee, soda, alcohol ,spicy food and smoking. Alternatively could be allergies with post nasal drip, elevating head of bed helps and try zyrtec/ before bedtime ...Read more

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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