The sensation of sudden irritation in the throat which induces the person to cough is termed as itchy throat. There are many reasons for getting an itchy throat. When the mucous membrane present in the inner walls of the throat gets infected or irritated by pollution, food or any other allergic reaction the person may get itchy throat. The infected mucous glands will fail to secrete mucus in sufficient level giving rise to irritation.
Cold weather, change in climate, stuffed nose, dehydration, smoking or having alcohol, tonsillitis, having certain strong medications can cause dry throat which may result in itchy throat. If you talk loudly for hours together or involve in yelling it can cause irritation in throat. The presence of foreign body on the throat wall can produce pain and itchy throat.
Exposure to chemicals and gases for prolonged time, inhaling sulphur particles can cause irritation. Consuming hot foods and eating hot spices can also tear the mucous membrane of the throat. In some cases, repeated cough can be due to psychological stress.
The symptoms of itchy throat are repeated cough with or without phlegm, pain or swelling in the inner throat, secretions from throat, difficulty in swallowing, runny nose or watery eyes. Sometimes there may not be any of the symptoms and the person will have only itchy throat.
Itchy throat can be treated by simple home remedy like drinking lukewarm water, herbal tea, having pure honey and using menthol. Take little yogurt and apply on the infected area of the throat to get it healed. Mix 1 tsp. of honey with lemon juice and apply on the throat. It is better to treat itchy throat by drinking plenty of warm water.
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