3 Ways to Relieve Throat Irritation

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3 Ways to Relieve Throat Irritation
3 Ways to Relieve Throat Irritation

Many people get a sore or sore throat during an allergy season or the flu. Fortunately, there are several methods that can be used – both natural and medicinal – to relieve an irritated throat quickly and efficiently. Start with Step 1 below to discover some of the most effective techniques and strategies for relieving throat irritation.


Method 1 of 3: Using Natural Remedies

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Step 1. Gargle salt water

Add half a teaspoon of salt to 200ml of warm water and mix well. Drink and gargle for 10 seconds, spitting right away - not swallow.

  • Salt helps to cut away excess phlegma (which can make the throat feel irritated and itchy) and reduce inflammation.
  • Repeat this two to three times a day until your throat feels better.
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Step 2. Eat some honey

Honey is a fantastic natural remedy as it coats the throat and quickly relieves any itchiness or irritation. For best results, eat a tablespoon of honey each morning.

  • Use raw and locally produced honey whenever possible as this will help you build resistance to allergies.
  • Mixing a tablespoon of honey with tea is another viable option if your stomach can't handle the substance on its own.
  • Never give honey to children under 12 months of age, as the bacteria in it can cause a problem known as infant botulism, which causes death.
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Step 3. Make honey, ginger and lemon tea

Add a quantity of honey to the bottom of a glass and fill it with hot water.

  • Then squeeze one to three slices of lemon. Finally, grate a small amount of ginger and mix.
  • Drink several times during the day to relieve sore throat.
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Step 4. Drink milk with turmeric

Turmeric in milk is a home remedy to relieve ongoing irritation in the throat.

  • Before bed, boil a glass of milk in a saucepan with a teaspoon of turmeric (you can also mix turmeric with water if you prefer).
  • Allow the milk to cool before drinking it. Drink every night until irritation disappears.
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Step 5. Drink apple citrus vinegar

Apple citrus vinegar is used in many home remedies and its health benefits are known – one of which is sore throat relief.

  • Add a tablespoon of apple citrus vinegar to 200 ml of hot water and drink slowly.
  • You can add up to a tablespoon to the drink to improve the flavor, if you like.
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Step 6. Try horseradish

In Russia, a popular remedy for relieving sore throats involves creating a horseradish drink.

  • In a cup, mix a tablespoon of pure horseradish (the plant, not the sauce) with a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of ground garlic cloves.
  • Fill a cup with hot water, mixing to distribute the horseradish mixture. Drink slowly.
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Step 7. Use a humidifier

Living or sleeping in a very dry environment can cause your throat to become dehydrated and irritated.

  • Placing a humidifier in your living room or bedroom will add moisture to the air and help relieve irritation.
  • If you don't want to invest in a humidifier, you can achieve the same results by placing a large bowl of water under the radiator or by growing plants in your home.
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Step 8. Drink more water

Dehydration is one of the most common causes behind irritation, as the throat becomes dry when there isn't enough mucus to lubricate and protect sensitive tissue.

  • Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, and drink plenty of green and herbal teas.
  • Drinking water is especially important if you have a flu or a cold, as you tend to lose a lot of fluid through sweating (from a fever) and mucus (from sneezing and blowing your nose).

Method 2 of 3: Protecting Your Throat

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Step 1. Get rid of bad habits

There are numerous substances that can cause dehydration, creating a sore and sore throat.

  • Caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and soda can cause dehydration (and affect your sleep) and should be eliminated. If this is not possible, at least reduce consumption.
  • Recreational drugs and certain medications (such as antidepressants) can cause dehydration and sore throat.
  • Smoking cigarettes is killing the throat, causing itchiness and irritation (in addition to countless other health problems). So think about quitting smoking, or at the very least cutting back on cigarettes.
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Step 2. Protect your voice

Things like talking too much, screaming or singing can make your throat tired, causing dehydration and itching.

  • If you think this may be the cause of your throat problems, try giving your voice a break by resting (not talking, singing, or screaming) for at least an hour or two a day.
  • If your job involves using your voice, remember to keep a bottle of water with you at all times to keep your throat lubricated and stay hydrated throughout the day.
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Step 3. Deal with allergies

An allergic reaction to certain foods, plants, or pollens can make the eyes water, cause sneezing, nasal congestion, and throat irritation.

  • Try taking an antihistamine tablet a day to see if it alleviates your symptoms.
  • Also try to identify the exact cause of the allergy by writing a food diary or seeing your doctor for an examination.

Method 3 of 3: Using Remedies

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Step 1. Suck on throat lozenges or cough drops

Normal throat lozenges do not “cure” your problem, but they relieve the pain.

  • The extra saliva produced by the good candy will lubricate the throat and relieve the itching.
  • Meanwhile, the medicine in the lozenge acts as a local anesthetic, which relieves irritation in the throat.
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Step 2. Try a cold and flu medicine

Benadryl, Claritin and Coristin D are some brands of cold medications designed to relieve sore throat irritation.

  • Good old-fashioned pain relievers like Aspirin and Ibuprofen can help relieve the pain associated with a sore throat. Follow the directions for taking the correct dose.
  • Keep in mind that aspirin should never be given to children or teenagers recovering from chickenpox or the flu, as it can cause the rare but fatal Reye syndrome.
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Step 3. Take a decongestant

Sore throats are usually caused by a combination of postnasal drip and dryness (caused by mouth breathing when the nose is congested).

  • Therefore, a decongestant – such as those containing pseudoephedrine – can clear blocked air passages and help you breathe normally.
  • Once these symptoms resolve, the itchy throat should disappear.
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Step 4. Use throat sprays

The spray is a great way to alleviate irritation and dryness in the throat, as well as getting rid of itchy cough. They usually contain phenol (or a similar ingredient), which numbs the throat.

  • Throat sprays are available from most pharmacies and are relatively inexpensive.
  • Some sprays come in different flavors like mint or strawberry.
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Step 5. Gargle mouthwash

Gargling with a mouthwash that contains menthol (such as Listerine) a few times a day can help relieve irritation and itching.

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Step 6. See a doctor

If your sore, sore throat is caused by a bacterial infection – such as tonsillitis – you will need to see a doctor who can prescribe antibiotics.


  • Pregnant women and people with respiratory problems should avoid the spray.
  • Regardless of how much it hurts, do not take more than the recommended dose of flu medicine. And, under no circumstances swallow the salt water used for gargling.
  • If you have had problems with medications in the past, talk to your doctor before taking anything for your throat.

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