Flu & Allergy Treatments : Treatment for Mucus in the Throat
Constant Irritation in the Throat
I have had a lot of allergies all my life - to dust, molds, trees, weeds, ragweed, and cockroaches. I am constantly clearing my throat because of "tickles," and it's annoying to those around me. I suck on lozenges and take Singulair, Nasacort, and albuterol but nothing seems to stop the constant tickle and phlegm in my throat. Any suggestions?
By Dr. Anna Feldweg
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I have a couple of suggestions. I think of "tickling" sensations as being similar to itching sensations, which reflect the release of histamine. You didn't list an antihistamine among your medications. I would try taking a nonsedating one,withoutan added decongestant (which can be drying), for a month straight to see if the tickle gradually subsides. Loratadine (Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), or cetirizine (Zyrtec) are good choices.
Next, if you think that the tickle is related to residual postnasal drip from your sinuses, then try sinus rinsing with salt water once a day in the morning. There are many ways to do this, although I like the NeilMed kits, which are available in many pharmacies and online. They cost about and are easy to use for most people. This is a helpful nondrug treatment for many people with allergies.
Are your other allergic symptoms fully controlled? If not, you may simply be someone who needs stronger allergy treatment to feel well. Allergy injection immunotherapy is usually the next step for someone who has tried a reasonable combination of medications but still has symptoms.
Another possibility to consider is that you have acid reflux that you are not aware of. This can cause chronic throat irritation. If you think my other suggestions don't apply, then talk to your doctor about this one. Sometimes people try three months of prescription-strength antacid therapy to sort this out, but you should consider the other possibilities first.
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