How to Get Rid of Tickling in Your Throat

Updated February 21, 2017

A persistent tickling sensation in your throat can be extremely annoying. It can also cause you to cough all day and night. Throat tickles are often due to common conditions like allergies, general dryness and the common cold.

Drink plenty of water. Dryness can cause your throat to be irritated.

Suck on cough drops or hard candy to moisten and coat your throat.

Add moisture to the air with a humidifier. If you don't have one, take a hot shower and breathe in the warm, steamy air for 15 to 20 minutes. This can help your sinuses as well, which often are the culprit behind a tickling feeling in your throat.

Sip on a soothing drink of warm tea with a few drops of honey and lemon juice.

Drink hot broth or soup, such as chicken noodle.

Treat your symptoms with allergy or cold medication. These medicines usually target sinuses as well, which may be the source of your problem.

Add 2 tbsp of salt to 236ml of warm water. Gargle the warm water and spit it out to soothe and heal your throat.


Visit your doctor if your symptoms do not improve in a few days, or if they are accompanied by a fever.

Things You'll Need

  • Cough drops
  • Salt
  • Humidifier
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Soup
  • Cold and allergy medications
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Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.