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How to get rid of a constant tickle in the throat

Updated February 21, 2017

A constant tickle in the throat can cause significant coughing, which is not only a nuisance, it can be embarrassing. Constantly coughing in an attempt to rid yourself of the tickle can make speaking challenging. In addition, throat tickles can be caused by allergies, dry air, post nasal drip or respiratory infection. Although a constant tickle in the throat is seldom serious, when it is persistent, it can disrupt your day-to-day activities.

Drink tea with honey. When you have a constant tickle in your throat, drinking tea mixed with honey will coat and soothe your throat. The tea adds moisture to dry tissues and the honey offers lubrication that will rid the scratchiness.

Consume plenty of water. Drinking water keeps your throat lubricated and can stop a cough-inducing tickle in its tracks. By sipping water throughout the day you decrease the risk of getting a coughing attack from the tickle.

Use a vaporiser. Setting up a vaporiser at night will humidify dry air and prevent your throat tissues from drying out and causing a constant tickle. Make sure that you clean your vaporiser regularly, because bacteria can grow in the unit, causing infection if inhaled.

Suck on hard candy. By dissolving a piece of hard candy in your mouth, your throat stays lubricated, alleviating your tickle and cough. If the tickle and subsequent cough persist, quickly remove the candy, as you could swallow it and choke.

Take cough medicine. If your tickle is persistent and related to a cold, take an over-the-counter cough suppressant. The medication will stop the tickle and relieve your cough. Make sure you only take the medication as directed and check with your doctor if you are taking other medications, as combining them can cause adverse reactions.

Tip

Don't smoke. Smoking irritates throat tissues, drys out mucus membranes and exacerbates a constant tickle in the throat.

Warning

If the tickle in your throat does not resolve, or if it causes you to gag, choke or throw-up from forceful coughing, see your doctor. This could signal a medical condition such as post nasal drip, allergic reaction, gastro-oseophageal reflux disease or infection, and will need to be treated.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea with honey
  • Water
  • Vaporiser
  • Hard candy
  • Cough medicine
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About the Author

Meadow Milano has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, with extensive experience in emergency nursing, labor and delivery and general medicine. She has written numerous articles for nursing publications pertaining to health and medicine, and enjoys teaching in the clinical setting.