3 Reasons You Suffer From a Dry Throat

If you suffer from dry throat on a regular basis, you may feel frustrated. You may also wonder what the reasons are. Keep reading for 3 dry throat causes today.

Do you suffer from a frequent dry throat? Not sure what causes this frustrating feeling?

While a dry throat is bothersome, knowing the cause can help put you at ease. Everyone experiences a dry or itchy throat at one time or another. The causes range in severity from mild to life-threatening. 

But don't get too worried just yet. In this article, we'll talk about some reasons you might suffer from a dry, itchy throat.

Once you know what's causing it, you can look for a cure. 

1. Allergies That Cause Dry Throat

Different types of allergic reactions can cause a dry throat. These include everything from hay fever to medication allergies. 

Allergic rhinitis

You might know allergic rhinitis by its other name, hay fever. This is one of the most common causes of itchy, dry throats.

In fact, 40 to 60 million Americans say they suffer from hay fever.

Hay fever happens when your body overreacts to an otherwise harmless stimulus. Your body releases a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes the overreaction.

Common stimuli for allergic rhinitis include:

  • dander
  • dust
  • pollen
  • cigarette smoke

Food Allergies

Allergic reactions to food can also cause dry throats. These type of allergic reactions happen when your body perceives something you eat as harmful.

The symptoms of food allergy develop within moments or a couple of hours after consuming certain foods.

Food allergies can range in severity. 

Common food allergies include peanuts, shellfish, eggs, milk, and wheat.

Medication Allergies

Many people suffer from drug allergies. In particular, penicillin and other antibiotics cause the most common allergies.

Even if you're not allergic to a medication, many still produce dry throats as a side-effect. This is also common in over-the-counter drugs.

Drugs that treat depression, high blood pressure and anxiety can result in dry throats. 

2. Infections and Other Health Conditions

Dry throats might also result from viral or bacterial infections. Step throat or bacterial tonsillitis cause dry throat. Viral colds and cases of flu result in dry throats.

In the case of a cold, your symptoms won't progress much further than a sore throat. In cases of the flu, you might experience fever, body aches, and chest discomfort.

Other health conditions that cause dry throats include diabetes, stroke, and some autoimmune diseases.

3. Tobacco, Alcohol, and Recreational Drugs

Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco increases your chance of getting a dry, itchy throat. 

Also, recreational drug use can cause severe dry throats. Methamphetamine causes "meth mouth". Marijuana also causes dry throats. Just one more reason to say no. 

Addressing A Dry, Itchy Throat

If mild, you might not want to see a doctor. Sometimes, this is a simple symptom of aging. 

Keep hydrated.Dry throats can lead to such issues as mouth sores, thrush, poor nutrition from having problems chewing or swallowing, and increased levels of plaque and gum disease.

If your pain is severe, be sure to contact a healthcare profession who specializes in ear, nose, and throat medicine. Remember that in some cases, these symptoms might prove life threatening.

Have more questions? Contact us today so that we can help you better understand ear, nose, and throat health.

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