Cough Due to a Tickling Throat: What to Do
A lot of people suffer from a condition that is simply referred to as a "tickle cough." Due to either nasal drops in the back of the throat or some other irritation, an uncontrollable urge to cough occurs. I have had this problem for several months of a year for the last several years. It is unbearable and have sometimes driven me to the point of tears due to the frustration I have felt. So, if you suffer or have suffered from this condition, I can truly sympathize.
When this happens to me, it has usually followed a cold and/or sore throat. I've been to the doctor and was simply told to take some allergy pills. My frustration with doctors is at an all-time high, especially with those that don't seem to care. They acknowledge that others have similar conditions, but that they simply don't know of any solutions. They brush my condition aside as if they just don't care. Well, after researching this for some time, I have some suggestions that others with this problem may try:
First, determine whether or not it is caused by an allergy. If it's allergy season, that may be a clue. You can take over-the-counter allergy pills, and see if that makes any difference. Be aware that some of these pills can make you drowsy (side effect).
Second, try some homemade remedies including hot lemon tea, a tea made of honey with some cinnamon sticks, and a hot drink made of hot water and a couple of tablespoonfuls of apple cider vinegar. Some people swear by these.
Although it may not be a cure, resting horizontally on the floor with your chest facing down on a pillow could help to reduce the nasal drops (if they are indeed what is causing the tickling). Try to have your head lean downwards to further reduce the nasal drops.
Tickling may also be caused or exacerbated by dry air. Hence, using a humidifier may help to alleviate some of the coughing.
In addition to all of these things, you may also want to do some investigation to determine if you've been exposed to harmful fumes. Your workplace and home should be thoroughly checked to make sure there are no exposed solvents, cleaners, glues, etc. Concentrated fumes can be harmful to the throat and lungs.
Finally, keep talking to your doctor and share everything with him/her. Even if the doctor may not show much interest (because they can't do anything), let them know clearly that you still have this problem and that they must continue helping you in any way possible. Potentially, they could refer you to a specialist.
- How to Reduce the Tickling in your Throat | eHow.com
How to Reduce the Tickling in your Throat. If you have a tickling in the back of your throat that won't go away, I can sympathize. The nasal drops that cause this tickling can be so bothersome that it can make you cry. Indeed, if you just...