Of all the allergy symptoms you can have, an itchy throat can be one of the most bothersome. Finding relief can send you on a never-ending search for the perfect medication or technique.
Some can only find relief when eating, but that's clearly not the best technique as you can't simply eat all day and night! The usual over-the-counter allergy medications may work for some, but not all.
In an effort to help fellow itchy-throat sufferers, here are some tips compiled from HealthCentral Experts and fellow Community Members!
The experts weigh-in
James Thompson, MD, is a board certified allergist and regular contributor for HealthCentral. His method for helping patients with an itchy-throat starts by determining a possible cause. He starts by asking a series of questions to establish the root of the issue—is it seasonal, related to food, induced by pets, etc.? Thompson also explores family history to help pinpoint the cause, and does a series of skin tests to look for allergic triggers such as pollen, mold, animal dander, etc. Bottom line: a thorough examination by a certified allergist will help you detemine why your itchy throat occurs.
Once an allergist has narrowed the cause of your itchy throat, he/she can then determine the best method of treatment!
Tips from the community
You're not alone! Several of HealthCentral's Community Members are in the same itchy throat-boat—see what they have tried to surpress the itching. *Please know that Community Members may not be medical professionals and any advice below should be taken at your own discretion.
- Other medications could be the culprit. Think about any other medications you could be taking that could be the causing your itchy throat. Check with your doctor to see if there is an alternative to try to eliminate your itchy throat problem.
- Sweeten the pot - or your tongue! Swallowing a little honey can help with an itchy palate. Raw honey is best.
- Go natural. Natural remedies like an herbal "candy" called horehound could help sooth your throat.
- Hot beverages or soup are not just a temporary fix! Heating up some real lemonade (the way you would tea) and adding some honey could give extended relief. The same goes for a spicy soup—like Hot and Sour—that will clear your sinuses while providing relief via the heat (spice and temperature!).
- Assess your other allergies. If you have an allergy to grass or birch pollen then your taste buds may be affected by the protein in some fruits, such as apples, oranges, tangerines or pears. Talk to your allergist about symptoms that could be related to allergies you know you have!
- Clean your tongue and throat. When brushing your teeth, lightly scrub your tongue and the back of your throat to rid of any allergy build-up such as pollen.
- Keep a journal of your food. Note what you're eating and when—then note when your throat starts to itch. After journaling for a bit you could discover a pattern in what you're eating and when you're throat is flaring up. Try eliminating the food that you consume before/around the time that your itchy throat occurs and see if that does the trick!
- Sweet and spicy. Mixing a half a teaspoon of honey and tumeric with a drop of warm water could be the quick shot that brings some relief.
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Published On: June 03, 2007