Sore throat allergies are no fun. Typically, when you list allergy symptoms runny nose and itchy eyes top the list. But sore throats are common, too.
Seasonal allergy symptoms and cold symptoms are closely related. Your nose and throat are irritated, which makes it hard to distinguish what you’re dealing with. You're probably not sure if you should be reaching for the cold medicine or the antihistamines. But, chances are, if you’re experiencing a sore throat this time of year (and it’s not a chronic sore throat or strep throat), it’s most likely seasonal allergies.
If the pollinating flowers and trees are getting the best of you, here’s a look at some of the best treatments related to sore throat allergies you can try.
What Causes Sore Throat Allergies?
In the spring, it’s pollen that’s actually causing your allergy symptoms. And when you’re dealing with seasonal allergies, post nasal drip is what causes a sore throat. It occurs when congestion in your sinuses drain down the throat. This causes tickling or scratchy pain. The drainage also can cause coughing, excessive swallowing and throat irritation.
All of this can lead to difficulty talking.
Medicines to Treat Sore Throat Allergies
Most people opt for a throat lozenge. They’re easy to carry around and offer temporary (but instant) pain relief.
Common over-the-counter medicines for a sore throat contain Dequalinium Chloride BP. It’s safe for adults and children 6 years and older. Dequadin lozenges contain an antiseptic medicine called dequalinium chloride. Dequalinium chloride kills a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi that are associated with various mild infections of the mouth and throat.
Phenol provides another option. You’re probably used to seeing it in the form of a spray. It’s an oral anesthetic and provides temporary maximum relief. The targeted spray reaches the back of the throat to coat and relieve it.
If your sore throat is severe enough, your doctor may also prescribe medication. Some common prescription medications for sore throat include: Dorithricin ®, Trachisan ® and Benzydamine Hydrochloride (Difflam ®).
Some side effects with these medicines include hypersensitivity reactions, bad taste and numbness.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about the potential side effects. If your allergic reactions are really severe, you may want to talk to your physician about allergy shots.
There are also over-the-counter antihistamines you can try. They may be taken daily to alleviate allergy symptoms. They’re most beneficial when your allergies are at their worst and will alleviate more than just your sore throat, including runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing.
These medications work by preventing the body from mounting a histamine-response to allergens that attack your system.
If it’s just sore throat pain relief you’re after, you can even take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Natural Remedies for Sore Throat Allergies
If you’re not interested in taking any medication, you can try a natural remedy. Natural remedies are popular ways to soothe sore throat symptoms. They won’t cure the post nasal drip causing your sore and scratchy throat, but they can provide temporary relief.
Water is always recommended for any congestion problems. A dry throat will exacerbate your irritation problem, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids. This will help keep your throat moist and help thin the mucus, which alleviates congestion.
Warm liquids, such as soups, hot teas and gargling warm salt water, can also provide relief. Stay away from caffeinated beverages when you have a sore throat, though, as caffeine can be an irritant.
Using a neti pot flushes out your sinuses and helps relieve congestion. This remedy entails pouring a specially formulated salt-water solution directly into your nasal cavity. Just be aware that overuse can cause further problems. There has also been some controversy on the safety of neti pots, so check with your doctor first.
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