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To Soothe An Itchy Throat
Salt water gargle: The best and easiest thing to start with is to take a small glass of warm water and mix in about a teaspoon of salt. Then gargle and spit out small mouthfuls. This will reduce the swelling and clear mucus off the throat. You can do that several times a day. If your throat doesn't get better after a few days you may want to see a doctor to have the problem diagnosed. ...Read more
Tips: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Got the flu and developed an irritated, sore throat. Painful to swallow, and a constant achy cough. Any remedies to ease it? Thanks
Rest! Hydrate!: 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. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Meds for sore throat: I don't recommend Benadryl ( diphenhydramine) for a sore throat "not from allergies." Usually a sore throat is from a viral or bacterial infection, or from sleeping with an open mouth. Occasionally, it is from acid reflux coming up into the chest . Benadryl adds to the dryness and irritation and makes infections last longer, so taking it can hurt you. Use pain meds; add antibiotics if needed. ...Read more
Sore throat: Most sore throats are viral and must go its course, but may be strep which should be treated with antibiotics. A teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and then gargle may be soothing. A sore throat which persists beyond 5-7 days should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would something really cold like ice cream be good for an irritated/inflamed throat due to cough?
Try: Honey in lemon juice or sucking on honey lozenges. Even gargling with warm salt water( just enough salt to taste salty) might help. You might have post nasal drip and need a nose spray like Nasonex (mometasone) that just came over the counter if the throat remedies don't work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Sore throat: I like to inhale eucalyptus oil mist. Use a humidifier and drip 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil (don't make it very strong) and inhale it through your nose. Eucalyptus soothes mucosal membranes and appeases cough and scratchy throat. Make sure the mist is lukewarm and not hot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Soothing: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test / culture. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Likely Yes: Itchy throat and mouth are very common symptoms when you are allergic to something. Most commonly- a food item such as fresh fruits or vegetables. Is it occurring all the time? Or just when you eat certain things? Also, do you have seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies sometimes present that way as well- along with nasal congestion etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a sore throat. Going to doc tomorrow to test for strep. Tea/salt water don't help. What's an OTC medication that numbs throat temporarily?
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.
Try antihistamine: But even more important, find out what may be triggering the itchy throat for example, do you have the itching only after having eaten certain fruits? If so , i suspect that you may have hay fever as well. If you have any problem with throat closing up on you, then you will need to consult an allergist. ...Read more
Need more info: I have no idea how long this has been going on for or if you have any symptoms associated, which makes it hard to answer. This can be from nasal allergies, reflux, or an acute allergic reaction. If you can't breathe properly, you should seek immediate medical attention. Otherwise, consider seeing an ENT to have your throat checked out. ...Read more
Give it a try: Popsicles are not a medication. These will not do any harm, so give it a try to see if it helps. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
OTC sprays, lozenges: Over-the-counter sprays such as chloroseptic and vics are safe and contain a topical numbing solution which will help relieve discomfort. Gargling with salt-water can also help, especially if it feels like there is a lot of mucus in your throat. Otc lozenges with menthol, eucalyptus, peppermint, spearmint and/or honey may also provide relief. Feel better soon! ...Read more
Drinking fluids?: Good morning, itchy throat is caused by irritation of the nerves of the throat which sends a signal to the brain that something is going on. It could be due to a local infection such as bacterial or viral infection, or due to inflammation from allergies or irritants. Postnasal drip coming out sinuses do have an irritant effect. Treating the cause, and drinking fluids, and using lozenges, can help. ...Read more
Natural remedies: Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey ; sip. ...Read more
Food allergy: Itching is a common symptom of allergies. Frequently, throat itching is associated with food allergy called oral allergy syndrome from eating fresh fruits or veggies that cross react with pollen. Environmental allergies can lead to itching throat. An allergist can assist in identifying the trigger and find a person relief. ...Read more
Scratchy throat: If the claritin is chronic medication for you try switching to zyrtec or benadryl (diphenhydramine) just to see if there is a difference as long as you have no contraindications. This could also be reflux or reaction fron your asthma medication. If it doesnt prove see your primary physician ...Read more
Other possibilities: While you could have a persistent cold you could also be suffering from allergy symptoms. A lot of people confuse persistent cold symptoms with allergies. Symptoms include congestion, ear fullness, itching and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products). ...Read more
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