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.
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