Q: It looks as if my body has been shutdown just to eat and drink still I will still be feeling thirsty and my throat will be scratching me
A: An itchy throat as the name suggests refers to an irritating/itching sensation in the throat often accompanied by pain and difficulty when swallowing, fever etc. The tickling sensation in the throat can be a source of mild irritation/annoyance.
Causes of itchy throat include:
- Allergies: Itchy throat due to allergies usually lasts longer than that from other causes. It is usually seasonal and may also be accompanied by other symptoms like runny nose, red and itchy eyes, shortness of breath etc
- Infections: These could be fungal (as occurs in people who are immune-suppressed like HIV positive people), bacterial (as occurs in sore throat from streptococcal infections) or viral (as occurs in common cold).
- Over-use: Excessive talking, shouting, loud singing etc can lead to drying out of the throat leading to itching.
- Dehydration: This can occur from smoking, not taking enough water or taking way too much caffeine-containing drinks or even from open-mouthed breathing when one has a cold etc. Diabetes mellitus is also a cause of dehydration with the frequent urination associated with it.
Treatment depends on the cause.
- Anti-histamines are used for the itching. This is particularly useful in allergies.
- Viral infections require only supportive treatment. For more on this, please click on
- Bacterial infections require antibiotics
- Drugs like ibuprofen will help fever and pain, if associated with this condition
- Screen for diabetes. Your symptoms of eating and drinking excessively sound like the classic symptoms of diabetes (or simply gluttony :D). Other symptoms to look out for are increased hunger, weight loss despite the increased appetite, increased thirst, frequent urination, fatigue, frequent infections of vagina, wounds etc
Other remedies include:
- Drinking sufficient water to prevent dehydration
- Salt water gargle: Add about a teaspoon of salt to lukewarm water (about 237 mls. If you have a 1 liter bottle, mentally divide this into 4 sections. One section will be approximately this amount). Sip the fluid, tilt your head back and gargle for about 10 seconds. Then spit the water out. Repeat about 3 times and continue to do this as often as needed during the day
- Throat lozenges help reduce irritation and also stimulate salivation which reduces dryness and throat itching. Please do not give to children younger than 4 years old as this may present a choking hazard
- Breathing in moist air from a humidifier or from steam bath is helpful
- Rest your voice
I suggest that you visit a doctor as soon as possible for a review and proper diagnosis.
All the best! J