Q: Good evening Dr. How can I treat an itchy throat and coughing, and when I cough mucous comes out. I have drank antibiotics and cough syrups but all in vain, nothing works out. Any other cure Dr.?
Q: Please help: what are the natural remedies to an itching throat?
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.
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