How to Stop a Throat From Closing Up Due to Swelling


Generally, a swollen throat is a sign of a cold, influenza or other infections caused by bacteria or viruses such as mononucleosis. Food allergies can trigger swelling as can outside irritants such as pollen, smoke or dust. Whatever the reason take precautionary measures as soon as you feel tenderness in your neck to stop your throat closing up.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbal Tea
  • Honey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Saline Solution
  • Humidifier
  • Bowl
  • Towel
  • Medication
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Step 1

Soothe the throat by sipping warm liquids such as peppermint or chamomile tea. Warm liquid helps alleviate swelling.

Peppermint tea on tray
Peppermint tea on tray (Image: Steve Mason/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 2

Gargle a saline mixture, either bought over the counter or homemade by adding salt to warm water.

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Step 3

Drink warm water with honey or lemon juice, or add either to tea. Both lemon and honey will ease the soreness of a swollen throat.

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Detail of lemons (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Step 4

Inhale steam. Put your head over a bowl filled with boiling water. Cover your head with a towel which drops around the bowl so no steam can escape. Breathe. Repeat as many times as possible.

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Woman inhaling steam (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Step 5

Keep a humidifier in the room if you suspect your throat is swelling due to dry air or dust.

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Woman sleeping on couch (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Step 6

Take medication if your throat is swelling due to an allergic reaction or a bacterial infection.

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Woman sleeping next to medications (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • See your physician if your swollen throat persists.
  • If you are with someone whose throat starts to swell up, seek emergency medical attention. It could be a severe allergic reaction.


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