- Drink a lot of fluids.
- Gargle with a mixture of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt a few times a day.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil).
- Put on a cool mist humidifier to add moisture to the air.
- Suck on throat lozenges.
- Rest until you feel better.
What causes dryness of the throat?
Dry throat is a rough, scratchy, sometimes itchy feeling in the throat. The most common cause of dry throat is drying out of the mucus membranes, often as a result of exercise, sleeping with your mouth open, breathing through your mouth, living in a dry environment, or simply not drinking enough fluids.
How long does dry throat last?
Fast facts on dry throat:
Allergic conditions, like hay fever and others, may cause a dry throat. There are medical treatments and home remedies available for a dry throat. It is a good idea to see a doctor if symptoms last for longer than 1 to 2 weeks.
What is the cause of dry throat at night?
Many people experience dry mouth at night simply because they are breathing through their mouth when they sleep. This is more likely occur secondary to obstruction of the nose. This can occur with colds, allergies, or even because of structural problems such as a deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates.
How can I stop my throat from getting dry at night?
Try chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless candy. Stop using tobacco (smoking or chewing). Try to avoid over-the-counter antihistamines or decongestants, which can dry out your mouth. Sip water throughout the day and minimize consumption of salty foods, especially at night.