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Itch In Your Throat? It Might Be Something Serious!

    Itch In Your Throat? It Might Be Something Serious!

    “Why is my throat itchy?”

    An itchy throat is one of the earliest signs of sore throat, also known as pharyngitis.

    When you have this condition, you may also experience the following in your throat, especially when trying to swallow:

    • Inflammation
    • Irritation
    • Dryness
    • Pain

    You may also have swollen lymph nodes, a headache, or earache1.

    An itchy or sore throat may be an early sign of influenza or the flu, more commonly known in the Philippines as trangkaso. Other causes of itchy throat are bacterial and viral infections, allergies, and dry mouth.

    In this article we will be discussing what itchy throat treatments many turn to for relief, as well as how itchy throat is better addressed by gargling antiseptics like hexetidine.

    What causes an itchy throat?

    Bacterial infections

    Sometimes a sore throat is caused by the Streptococcus bacteria, in which case you may have “strep throat.” Your doctor may prescribe you antibiotics to fight this infection.

    You might also have tonsillitis, or the inflammation of the soft tissue behind the throat. This is caused by both bacteria and viruses1.

    Viral infections

    Trangkaso or flu can also be the culprit behind your sore throat. Flu, also known as influenza, may keep you sick for about a week or two.

    Mononucleosis, another viral illness which gives you a sore throat, tends to linger for a prolonged duration, lasting even months1.

    Allergies

    Allergies to pollen, pet dander, dust and mold may irritate your throat. This could lead to postnasal drip, wherein mucus drips into your throat, causing further irritation. Eating spicy food, smoking, and drinking hot liquids could aggravate your symptoms as well.

    Dry mouth

    When you experience congestion due to a cold, you may tend to breathe through your mouth. But even something as seemingly harmless as sleeping with your mouth open could lead to mouth dryness, resulting in a sore throat1.

    What are some itchy throat treatments?

    Here are some home treatments that are popularly used to ease itchy or sore throat. Read on to further learn how to directly address the possible cause of itchy or sore throat. Read on to further learn how to directly address the possible cause of itchy or sore throat.

    Gargling with salt water2

    Gargling with water mixed with salt can loosen mucus in your throat and ease the pain.

    Honey2

    This natural substance has antibacterial properties, can speed up wound healing, relieve pain, and acts as a cough suppressant.

    Hot sauce2

    Although unusual, hot sauce has capsaicin, a substance which works against inflammation and relieves discomfort. Just put a few drops into a glass of warm water and gargle.

    Using a humidifier2

    A humidifier can keep the air moist and help open up your sinuses.

    Although these remedies can temporarily alleviate your symptoms, they won’t completely address the causes of sore or itchy throat. Following this, it helps to gargle antiseptic to kill sore throat-causing germs.

    How can hexetidine help?

    Hexetidine is an antiseptic that can kill bacteria and fungi. It is often used as a mouthwash to fight infections and improve oral hygiene3. It may be used at the first sign of a sore or itchy throat to soothe and relieve symptoms by directly addressing the cause.

    Additionally, it can also prevent tooth decay by protecting tooth surfaces and killing bacteria; improve color and tone of mouth tissues and gums; as well as reduce bad breath4.

    A study showed that hexetidine successfully reduced the activity of the flu virus. It was also found to be effective against plaque, gingivitis and other microbes5.

    When gargled properly, Hexetidine can provide oral protection for up to 12 hours8. In fact, a study found that chlorhexidine, a closely related compound, was not absorbed by the oral mucosa (the inner lining of organs and other body cavities6) after just a single rinse. This contributed to its long-lasting efficacy and safety for oral use7.

    Get ahead of your symptoms

    Whenever you feel as though you’re coming down with a cold or flu, don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse.

    Gargling with hexetidine can help you stay on top of your oral and overall health.

    If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Sources

    1. Cleveland Clinic – Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)

    https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/8274-sore-throat-pharyngitis

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    2. Penn Medicine – 6 At-Home Remedies to Ease Your Sore Throat

    https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2018/february/sore-throat

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    3. UMass Profiles (University of Massachusetts Medicine) – Hexetidine

    https://profiles.umassmed.edu/display/124266

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    4. MIMS – Bactidol

    https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/bactidol?type=full

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    5. University of the Philippines – College of Public Health-Department of Medical Microbiology, Asian Hospital and Medical Center Research Unit – IN VITRO ANTI-VIRAL ACTIVITY OF HEXETIDINE (BACTIDOL®) ORAL

    MOUTHWASH AGAINST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS OC43 AND

    INFLUENZA A (H1N1) VIRUS

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.02.11.430728v1.full.pdf

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    6. National Cancer Institute – mucosa

    https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/mucosa

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    7. Journal of Dentistry – Current uses of chlorhexidine for management of oral disease: a narrative review

    10.1016/j.jdent.2020.103497

    Accessed 30 May 2022

    8. Bactidol – Hexetidine Bactidol

    https://www.bactidol.com.ph/products/gargle#directions

    Accessed 30 May 2022

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    Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel Updated 3 days ago
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