How to Get Rid of an Itchy Throat


An itchy throat can cause repeated coughing and lead to a sore throat. Other symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes and trouble eating or speaking can accompany an itchy throat (See References). The itchiness in the throat is an inflammation or allergic reaction that can have a number of causes. Getting rid of the itchiness is important so that the inflammation doesn’t spread. It’s also important to eat food and drink fluids that will not further irritate your throat.

Things You'll Need

  • Filtered water
  • Herbal tea
  • Allergy medication
  • Humidifier
  • Antibiotic

Drink cool filtered water for immediate relief. Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day to minimize itchiness and coughing.

Drink a cup of herbal tea that doesn’t contain teine. Make sure that the tea is not hot but lukewarm. Try going outside or to a cool area while drinking the tea to help reduce the itchiness, which could be caused by an allergy.

Take an over-the-counter allergy medication that contains a decongestant, such as Clariton-D or Allegra-D. This will help to reduce the itchiness, especially if dry air is causing the problem.

Place a humidifier near your bed and turn it when you go to sleep. The humidifier will allow you to breathe moist air while you sleep.

Take an antibiotic, anti-cough syrup or an antihistamine if the itchiness continues and if you experience other symptoms, such as soreness or fever. Get plenty of rest if you have a cold or fever and drink plenty of water.

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