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What Is The Best Treatment For Throat Tightness
Can allergies cause throat tightness and if so what treatments would you recommend. I had a blood test done and have a high reaction to trees?
See allergist: I think you need to see an allergist to find out the cause of your throat tightness and the appropriate treatment required. Certainly allergy can cause throat swelling (which can be life-threatening) but it is impossible to tell if that's your problem. It is however unlikely that your allergy to tree pollen is causing the throat swelling even if it does exist. ...Read more
Possibly: Tinnitus & throat tightness may have common cause involving the eustacian tube (connects middle ear to the throat). It functions as a drain & pressure equalizer for the middle ear. Tinnitus occurs in 10-20% of people esp as they get older. Holding your nostrils & gently blowing against a closed mouth may relieve pressure. If it persists it is best to consult your doctor to determine cause & tx. ...Read more
Autonomic response: Similar to the answer about flushing; anxiety, worry, fear trigger autonomic (automatic unconscious) physiological chemical responses in our central nervous system (brain). Emotions have a vast array of somatic (body) effects: get to the underlying source of anxiety or at least develop some healthy coping alternatives: relaxation, meditation, breathing techniques, visualization. ...Read more
Constant throat tightness. I'm starting to suspect it's something else and not my vocal cords (I have VCD)?
Vocal cord dys.: This is also called paradoxical vocal fold motion abnormality. It often is treated with speech/voice therapy. Another co-factor to treat with this problem can be LPR-laryngopharyngeal reflux. Acid/stomach enzymes can get into the esophagus and larynx triggering throat tightness, throat clearing and VCD. This can be treated with dietary measures and reflux medications, as well. See ENT to check. ...Read more
Depends on cause: If it is viral then treat symptoms with hydration, analgesics, honey, throatcoat tea. If from acid reflux then try antacids and antireflux dietary restrictions. If is bacterial then suggest culture to rule out strep and then treat culture specific antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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