Dry Throat

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Dry throat can be caused by dehydration, allergies, hay fever, common cold, flu, sleeping with your mouth open, GERD, strep throat, tonsilitis or mononucleosis.

If treated, dry throat goes away within 1-2 weeks. However if symptoms persist, seek medical assistance.

Drink lots of water and other warm fluids.
Avoid caffeinated drinks, as they dry out the mouth and body.
Use a humidifier to moisten the air and prevent dry sore throat.
Take OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil).
Suck on throat lozenges for dry throat relief.
Gargle every day with a mixture of warm water and salt.
Get plenty of rest.
Try an adhesive nose strip to prevent sleeping with the mouth open.
Use antihistamines and other allergy medication to treat allergies and hay fever.
Try antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, and Rolaids) if experiencing GERD.

Difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia, is often exacerbated by a dry throat.

Medication for treatment of dry throat is given on the basis of cause. The best cure for dry throat is hydration, throat lozenges, and saltwater gargling.

Dry throat is a condition which causes itchiness and discomfort due to dry air and weather changes which increase chances of upper respiratory infections. Other dry throat causes include:
Dehydration
Sleeping with the mouth open
Allergies and hay fever
Common cold
Flu
GERD or acid reflux
Strep throat, a form of sore throat caused by bacterial infection
Tonsilitis
Mononucleosis

Dry throat symptoms often come with other attached conditions like:
• Dry mouth, increased thirst, lowered urination, dark coloured urine, dizziness and fatigue in the case of dehydration
• Bad breath, snoring and daytime fatigue in the case of sleeping with the mouth open
• Stuffed or runny nose, itchy eyes, mouth or skin, sneezing and coughing in the case of allergies and hay fever
• Stuffed or runny nose, sneezing, mild fever, body ache, and coughing in the case of common cold
• The above symptoms plus chills, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea in the case of flu
• Heartburn, dry cough, trouble swallowing, burping up a sour liquid and a hoarse voice in the case of GERD.
• Swollen red tonsils with white patches, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, fever, rashes, body ache, nausea and vomiting in the case of strep throat

Dry throat treatment involves treating the exact cause. However, what helps a dry throat often times is staying hydrated. Some helpful tips are:
Drink lots of water and other warm fluids.
Avoid caffeinated drinks, as they dry out the mouth and body.
Use a humidifier to moisten the air and prevent dry sore throat.
Take OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin IB, Advil).
Suck on throat lozenges for dry throat relief.
Gargle every day with a mixture of warm water and salt.
Get plenty of rest.
Try an adhesive nose strip to prevent sleeping with the mouth open.
Use antihistamines and other allergy medication to treat allergies and hay fever.
Try antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, and Rolaids) if experiencing GERD.

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