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How to Get Rid of a Tickly Throat

Updated April 17, 2017

A tickly sensation in your throat can be extremely annoying and uncomfortable. The persistent itchy feeling, which can be aggravated simply by breathing, is not only bothersome but potentially a reason for concern. Any number of illnesses or lifestyle factors can cause throat tickling, including bronchitis, laryngitis, smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke. If coughing accompanies the tickle or if the feeling persists for more than two weeks, you should see your doctor to rule out other illnesses or issues.

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  1. Drink lots of fluids. Tickling can be a precursor to productive or non-productive coughing. Consume 10 or more glasses of water or beverages (excluding soda and alcohol) per day to dilute any mucus congestion in your chest. Your lungs can expel thin mucus through coughing more easily -- and less painfully -- than undiluted mucus.

  2. Suck on throat lozenges or hard candy. Persistent throat tickling can be symptomatic of reflexive irritation, general dryness or conditions such as laryngitis. Sucking on a soothing lozenge stimulates saliva production and moistens the lining of your throat. However, never give hard candy or lozenges to a child under the age of three, because they could pose a chocking hazard.

  3. Inhale plenty of moisture. Use a humidifier at home and at your office, if possible. Turn on your shower five minutes before entering to build up a cloud of steam. Even if you have already showered, run very hot water and sit in the steamy bathroom. Inhaling the moisture in your makeshift steam room for 15 or 20 minutes can help alleviate the irritation in your throat.

  4. Avoid smoke. Even if you don't smoke, spending time around friends or family members who do will exacerbate throat irritation. If you do smoke, you should consider treatment or quitting options.

  5. Tip

    For maximum results, use multiple treatment methods to sooth throat irritation.


    Do not ignore persistent or chronic symptoms. A common cold will not cause three weeks of throat tickling. Serious conditions, such as larynx cancer and congestive heart failure, begin with a seemingly benign throat tickle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Throat lozenges or hard candy
  • Humidifier
  • Fluids

About the Author

Christina Bednarz Schnell began writing full-time in 2010. Her areas of expertise include child development and behavior, medical conditions and pet health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international relations.

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