A dry throat can be caused by several things, and is very common in the winter, when the heater in your home increases the dryness in the air.
A dry throat can also be caused by allergies, the common cold or influenza, dehydration, smoking, diabetes, radiation treatments, and certain medications. Whatever the cause, it can be irritating at the least, cause bad breath, and even lead to dental decay.
While a dry throat is usually a temporary problem and will eventually go away on its own, a dry throat remedy will help to bring faster relief.
Dry Throat Remedies
- Suck on sugar-free hard candies or throat lozenges between meals to help increase the saliva in your mouth.
- Chew sugar-free gum. Like hard candy, it will increase the production of saliva to help keep your mouth moist.
- Enjoy dairy products, such as milk, yogurt or cheddar cheese between meals. These foods have been found to increase the production of saliva.
- Increase your intake of water during the day, and be sure to drink a glass of water before going to bed, as a dry throat often gets worse late at night and can make swallowing difficult.
- Use a humidifier in your home to keep the humidity at comfort level, between 30 and 50%.
- If you take prescription medication, perform a Google search for the medication, or go to a reputable site, such as drugs.com or WebMD.com. Find and read the side effects of the drug. If dry throat is on the list, talk with your doctor about your dry throat problem, and ask if he or she can change your medication today, as well as future refills.
- Wrap an ice cube in a piece of gauze and place it on the inside of your cheek.
- Plug in the vaporizer when you go to bed to put moisture back into the air and help you sleep better.
- Buy over-the-counter mouth wash that is specifically made for dry throat problems.
- Drink chamomile tea with honey added to soothe a dry throat.
- For temporary relief of dry throat, suck on ice cubes.
- Ricola cough drops have been found to be an effective dry throat remedy.
- Gargle before going to bed.
- Before you have your morning coffee, drink a full 8-ounce glass of water.
- Drink a glass of warm water to which honey and lemon have been added.
- Gargle with warm salt water to relieve the discomfort of a dry throat.
In order to help prevent dry throat episodes in the future, avoid alcohol and smoking. Also, limit your intake of salty and/or spicy foods.
Try a dry throat home remedy and see if the situation improves. If not, try another one listed here, or try several to increase the chances of relieving your dry throat.
If your dry throat persists, or is accompanied by sore throat, fever, and/or pain when swallowing, you may have an infection, such as mononucleosis, tonsillitis, chickenpox, or influenza. A persistent dry throat may also be the sign of something more serious, such as diabetes, cancer, or an autoimmune disorder known as Sjogren’s Syndrome, in which the salivary glands’ moisture production has been damaged.
Remember, if these remedies do not help to relieve your dry throat problem, make an appointment with your physician so he can determine the cause of the problem. If there as infection present, antibiotics will most likely be prescribed. Also, when the cause of the dry mouth is determined by your physician, he will determine which dry throat remedy should work best for you.
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