How to Stop a Throat From Drying

Updated July 20, 2017

Sore throats are a true pain in the neck for those suffering from infections or throat irritation. Colds, strep throat, alcohol consumption and smoking are some common causes of throat dryness and pain. Most cases of throat discomfort will improve on their own after a few days, but some infections may require the use of antibiotics. Ocassional bouts of dry throat often can be eased with home remedies and easy-to-obtain, over-the-counter drugs.

Place one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gargle and spit the mixture out. Repeat this several times a day.

Sip a warm cup of chamomile tea when your throat feels dry. Adding honey to the tea may bring additional relief.

Use a humidifier to help keep your throat moist or take a long hot shower, and breath in the steam.

Suck on a sore throat lozenge or hard candy. This will increase your production of saliva, which will keep your throat from drying out, and chemicals in the lozenge can help with sore throat pain.


Drink water and other fluids to keep your body hydrated during any illness. Try to avoid smoking and second-hand smoke, which can dry your throat out.


Sore throat lozenges and similar candy can be a choking hazard for young children.

Things You'll Need

  • Salt
  • Glass of water
  • Humidifier
  • Chamomile tea
  • Sore throat lozenges
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David Bishop has been writing and producing web content since 1996 and has been a contributor to several Birmingham-area websites. He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.