A man and woman drink tea to soothe their dry throats.

When the weather is cold and dry, or if you ever sleep with your mouth open, you may find yourself with an uncomfortably dry throat. No one likes this feeling, so today we’re going to discuss ways of treating a dry throat.

What causes a dry throat?

In order to properly treat your throat, you have to first know the cause. Along with dry air or breathing through your mouth, dry or itching throats can be caused by caffeine and alcohol consumption, smoking, allergies, acid reflux, certain medications, and other medical conditions.

Keep your throat hydrated

Keeping your throat hydrated and lubricated is the best way to keep it from getting dry and sore. If you have a humidifier, run it regularly. Drink plenty of fluids each day, too. In particular, try to drink at least 8 to 10 cups of water a day. If you wake up in the morning with a dry throat, the steam from a hot shower could help hydrate and lubricate your throat.

Soothe your throat

Drink warm liquids, like tea with honey. Not only will the tea soothe your throat, but honey has strong antibacterial effects and helps treat coughs, which is useful if your dry throat is related to a cough. If it’s lunchtime, a simple soup may help ease any dryness.

Use a lozenge

Sucking on throat lozenges increases saliva production, which reduces dryness and coats the throat. This, in turn, cuts down on pain and itchiness.

Gargle

Gargling with salt water can help because salt can help draw moisture from surrounding tissue, which in turn can lubricate your throat.

Breathe easier

If you have a blocked nose and are sleeping with your mouth open, or you have postnasal drip that’s running down the back of your throat, treating your nasal issues can help with your dry throat. Blowing your nose or using a nasal spray can help clear your nasal passages.

Practice avoidance

If your dry throat is caused by caffeine or alcohol, cut down on both, especially before bed. If you smoke, quit. If you have dust allergies keep your house, especially your air ducts, clean. If you have pollen allergies, keep your windows closed and your house as pollen-free as possible.

Finally

ENT doctor Stephen Clyne, MD

“If you develop dry throat and feel that you are not improving with adequate hydration and avoidance of alcohol and caffeine and smoking, you should consult your primary care physician,” CEENTA ENT doctor Stephen Clyne, MD, said. “They may end up sending you to an otolaryngologist for further testing and treatment.”

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. Dr. Clyne practices in our Pineville office. To make an appointment with him or any of our ENT doctors, call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.

 


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Comments

April 20, 2021

I'm having dry throat from many months. I drink a of water. For some times it is ok then again I feel it becomes dry. Kindly help me.
- Monica Alliew

April 20, 2021

Good morning. We cannot diagnose individual patients without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please visit www.ceenta.com/appointments. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 16, 2021

My throat is clogged and my mouth stays dry what can be the cause of that
- Michael

April 19, 2021

Good morning. We can't diagnose individual patients without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, visit www.ceenta.com/appointments. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 16, 2021

Im suffering from this dry throat seriously, how can l treat it
- Thami

April 19, 2021

Good morning. If these remedies don't work and you have concerns about your health, we recommend making an appointment with an ENT physician. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment at CEENTA, visit www.ceenta.com/appointments. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

March 31, 2021

Hello, what should I've done before and after drinking cold beverage to avoid sore throat?. Im always getting sore throat after drinking cold drinks and im not enjoying after drinking it because i worried for the sore throat that may cause my asthma attack or fever
- Nero

March 31, 2021

Good morning. Some people's throats are sensitive to hot or cold beverages. This is harmless and will not lead to fever or asthma attack. Unfortunately, the only effective way to avoid the sore throat is to avoid drinking cold beverages but, again, it will not harm you. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

February 26, 2021

Dry Mouth & Respiretory Problem W Esophagus Pain
- Shachia Ernest Abo

March 01, 2021

Good morning. If you have concerns about your health, please make an appointment with your physician. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment at CEENTA, please visit www.ceenta.com/appointments
Reply From: CEENTA

February 09, 2021

My throat is always dry even if i drink a lot of water also my nose feels dry. When i drink water i can't feel the water on my throat
- Minona Karyl

February 09, 2021

Good afternoon. If you have any concerns about your health, we recommend you make an appointment with your doctor. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like to see a CEENTA doctor, visit www.ceenta.com/appointments. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

February 08, 2021

I had a septoplasty and turbinosplasty last Jan 13,2021. However my throat and mouth gets dry at night and im congested all the time. Is it normal?
- Lolita

February 09, 2021

Good morning. It is difficult to determine a patient's specific medical needs without seeing them in person. Therefore, we urge you to bring up your concerns with your doctor. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and want a second opinion from a CEENTA doctor, please visit www.ceenta.com/appointments
Reply From: CEENTA

January 11, 2021

My throat is gets irritated and dry quicker if i breathe through my nose. I dont smoke and drink alcohol but i take little caffeine. I only drink coffee every morning then water throughout the day
- Ven

January 12, 2021

Good morning. A humidifier may help with your dry throat issues. However, if they persist, we recommend you visit a doctor for a thorough examination. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please visit www.ceenta.com/appointments
Reply From: CEENTA

January 05, 2021

I have recently had nose operation and can only breath with mouth open and i am facing a dry throat and m not able to sleep
- Jay Bhanushali

January 05, 2021

Good afternoon. We cannot diagnose individual patients without one of our doctors seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, visit www.ceenta.com/appointments. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

November 16, 2020

Hello, my father is 66 years old .At night, sleep time has a dry throat with pain,So that he becomes sleepless,Gargle with salt water too,please guide me.
- Mike

November 16, 2020

Hello. Unfortunately, we can't treat patients' individual cases without seeing them in person. If he lives in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with one of our doctors, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

November 11, 2020

Sore throat is usually irritating and painful at the same time. It can happen due to viral infections like flu, cold and cough. The remedies given in the article are really informative as one does not need to see a doctor unless the situation is critical. We at Urgent care Irvine too suggest our patients to first take take proper caution at home. The preventative measures given in the blog can certainly help a person suffering from sore throat to a lot of extent. Insightful information. Thanks for Sharing!
- Irvine Woodbridge Walk-In Urgent Care

October 17, 2020

Hello I have a dry throat, persistent feved, weakness what could be the causes from Zambia
- Joseph

October 19, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose individual patients without seeing them in person. We recommend you make an appointment with a local doctor for an examination. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 21, 2020

Hello doctor i feel dry and itchy ears and throat everytime what should i do plz advice me anything
- Mashal

September 22, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose patients' individual cases without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte, NC region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 15, 2020

I've had dry throat for over a week now is that normal?
- Nick

September 15, 2020

Good morning. We cannot comment about individual patients' cases without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 14, 2020

My throat, headache, there is no cough. After the meal, the throat takes dry and it felt asbilous in the body. What to do

September 14, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose individual patients without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, call 704-295-3000.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 13, 2020

I have difficulty swallowing dry dock.no Cold, cough, sore throat, difficulty swallowing after meals, it causes discomfort in the body, -Sumon
- Suman

September 14, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose specific cases over the Internet. If you live in the Charlotte, NC, region and would like an appointment with one of our doctors, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

September 03, 2020

my throat is dry only during the night. But i do drink cold-drinks and ice creams during the night despite mom stops me because i fell that it is not the reason for my dry throat. can you please answer me if eating cold can cause dry throats?
- alice

September 03, 2020

Cold foods are not a direct cause of dry throats. However, if you are having problems, we encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 30, 2020

I've had a dry throat problem for about 5 months now relentlessly, tried antihistamines, drinking plenty of water mouth wash etc, nothing seems to help, Constantly trying to clear throat and back of mouth dry but I'm not thirsty?. I am type 1 diabetic could it be a side affect Any basic advice would be appreciated.
- Sean

July 30, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose individual patients without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 13, 2020

Hello, I have had problem with acid reflux for five months now and thank God I don't feel any of the symptoms again except something that looks like a lump in the throat and for almost two months now I have been experiencing dry throat in my sleep. Do I still have the acid reflux? Thanks Bern
- Bern

July 14, 2020

Good morning. We can't diagnose individual patients' concerns without seeing them. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

July 08, 2020

Good morning, can dry throat be a COVID-19 symptoms?
- Cynthia

July 09, 2020

Good morning. The most complete list of coronavirus symptoms can be found on the WHO's web site at this link: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
Reply From: CEENTA

July 07, 2020

Hello, I feel like the dry part is the top of my oropharnyx it feels dry and hurts and doesn't let me sleep at night, any natural remedies for me to try please besides salt water gargles?
- Israa

July 07, 2020

Good morning. We cannot diagnose individual cases over the Internet, so we recommend you discuss your concerns with a doctor. If you live in the Charlotte, NC region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

June 30, 2020

I was suffered dry throat 10 days back that time I drunk ORS water it's cured.I felt the same problem again.last two days I have the problem.l have two doubts,I am taking contraception pills.if the contraception pills may lead to dehydration .I am a breast feeding mother of 2 years old.if breastfeeding leads to dehydration.pls rply me as soon as possible
- Jenofa I

June 30, 2020

Good morning. While breastfeeding can lead to dehydration, if you have any concerns about your health we strongly urge you to make an appointment with your doctor.
Reply From: CEENTA

June 16, 2020

Pls I have e severe dry throat and can't sleep at night, am in Nigeria, how can I meet a doctor here in my country. Please I need your reply, Thanks.
- Rukky

June 17, 2020

Good morning. Unfortunately, we aren't familiar with the medical system in your country and are unable to provide any advice.
Reply From: CEENTA

June 16, 2020

Can up pressure from the stomac course dry throat?
- Tobias

June 16, 2020

Good afternoon. Acid reflux is a disease of the stomach producing too much acid, which can get into the esophagus and throat, which could cause dry throat so it is possible. Therefore it would be a good idea to see an ENT doctor. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like an appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000.
Reply From: CEENTA

May 12, 2020

Good morning I’m having a dry throat problem every time I wake up and itchy down in my ear drums for about 2wks now I took everything amoxicillin,fluticasone nasal,loratadine nothing help gargle with warm salt,humidity fire w/Vick’s in it nothing helpng
- Stacey Vines

May 12, 2020

Good morning. If you would live in the Charlotte region and would like an in-person appointment, or you live in the United States and would like a virtual visit appointment, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

May 10, 2020

Good day pls what is the home remedy for dry throats in Nigeria
- Blessing

May 11, 2020

Good morning. If the remedies listed in this blog do not work, we recommend you make an appointment with a doctor in your region for further examination. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

May 06, 2020

Good day, I have been dry throat for like eight days now. What can I use to stop it. I live in Nigeria.
- Liafeez

May 06, 2020

Hello. If the remedies here don't work we recommend you see a doctor in your area. Unfortunately, we can't treat patients without seeing them.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 26, 2020

Good day. What is the remedy of dry throat? Thank you...
- Nelda Navarro

April 27, 2020

Good morning. If none of these remedies are helpful, you live in the United States, and would like to schedule a virtual visit appointment with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 24, 2020

I had a slight scratchy throat like 3 weeks now and my throat is also very dry I think it should have been gone by now I never had a dry scratchy throat this long what should I do
- Jeweline harding

April 27, 2020

Good morning. If you live in the United States and would like to schedule a virtual visit with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3000. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 22, 2020

I have a dry throat ,its hard
- Jocelyn castillo

April 22, 2020

Good afternoon. If you live in the United States and would like to schedule a virtual visit with a CEENTA doctor, please call 704-295-3003.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 15, 2020

Mouth really dry afraid to go to sleep
- John

April 15, 2020

Good morning. If you live in the United States and would like a virtual visit appointment with one of our doctors, please call 704-295-3003. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 14, 2020

I have nasal polyps in one nostril. And i am unable to breathe with one nostril. For this my doctor suggested "macbery levo syrup", when I started using this I am feeling un comfortable in throat.
- Sultan

April 15, 2020

Good morning. If you live in the United States and would like a virtual visit appointment with one of our doctors, please call 704-295-3003. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

April 12, 2020

I'm having a dry painful cough
- Prince

April 13, 2020

Good morning. If you live in the Charlotte region and would like to request a virtual visit with one of our doctors, please call 704-295-3003. Thank you.
Reply From: CEENTA

October 14, 2019

Informative
- ayy

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