Itchy throat is a condition characterized by a feeling of itching and inflammation more or less generalized in the anatomical region between the attachment of the tongue and pharynx.
Several reasons can be behind this disorder, ranging from diseases of various types against the pharynx, larynx and tonsils (pharyngitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis), the presence of allergies (food or respiratory), up to the gastroesophageal reflux (when the reflux is particularly important to the sting that causes can spread from the mouth of the stomach to the throat) and burns (due, for example, the consumption of excessively hot food or drink). In many cases, then, even ailments like colds and flu can be associated with itchy throat.
More or less annoying depending on the severity of the disease that underlies it, the itchy throat may be accompanied by redness of the mucous membrane, dry coughing, pain , deepening of the voice, difficulty swallowing.
What kind of diseases can be associated with itchy throat?
The following diseases may be associated with itchy throat:
- Food allergies
- Respiratory allergies
- Gastroesophageal reflux
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for itchy throat?
The itchy throat is not treated "directly", i.e., by solving the medical condition which it is based and where the itchy throat is only a symptom. Some simple remedies "do it yourself" can still help soothe the discomfort: drink water in small sips to keep your throat moist and always prevent dry cough that often accompanies sore throat, keep the air moisturized in the rooms where you stay and especially where you sleep, using special humidifier or by placing towels wet over heaters and, finally, avoid eating very dry and solid, which may whet the appetite already irritated.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of itchy throat?
In case the disorder does not to subside within a few days or in the presence of associated diseases (see list of associated diseases).