Dry and Sore Throat

Dry sore throat is an irritating and distressing condition faced by many, as even eating and swallowing becomes very difficult. Read on, to know more about the causes, symptoms, and remedies.
Sore throat in medical terms is called pharyngitis. It is not a serious medical condition, but the irritation and discomfort caused by it can leave us sad and tired. Dry sore throat is common during winter season and is caused due to a respiratory tract infection which causes inflammation of pharynx.


The causes can be common cold, viral influenza or allergens, like dust, pollen, mold and bacteria. Apart from seasonal allergies and sudden change in climate, it can also be caused due to underlying medical conditions like tonsillitis or laryngitis. A dry environment, pollution, or acid reflux diseases can cause the soreness. In some cases, excessive smoking and loss of body fluids which causes dehydration can lead to this condition. Talking or yelling for a long period of time or spending lot of time in cold weather can aggravate this condition.


A person may suffer from all or some of the following symptoms.
  • Pain in the throat
  • Pain and discomfort while swallowing
  • Bad breath
  • Dry feeling in the throat
  • Frequent thirst
  • High fever followed by body pain
  • Nausea and headache
  • Loss of appetite

After noticing some of the above symptoms it is advisable to seek medical help immediately. Because leaving this condition untreated will not only aggravate the condition, but also lead to further health complications. Doctors will perform some tests by taking a throat swab to determine the cause of sore throat, if bacterial infection is the cause then it can be effectively treated with the help of antibiotics. But when the throat infection is caused due to viral infections, there are no medicines, the only option is to wait and let the condition cure on its own. However, the home remedies listed below can help to relieve the symptoms.

Increase the Intake of Fluids
The first thing you can do is increase the intake of fluids, it will prevent the body from dehydration. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Also include plenty of fruit juices in your diet. Drinking ginger tea and warm soups on a daily basis can also provide a lot of relief. Alcohol and caffeine should be strictly avoided, as they may aggravate the condition.

Milk and Turmeric
It is very simple to prepare, just add a pinch of turmeric to a warm glass of milk, you can also add sugar for taste. Drink this milk everyday after meals. Have this for a few days, dryness and cough will decrease gradually.

Salt Water Gargle
Add a teaspoon of salt to warm water and mix it well. Gargle with this solution, let it be inside your mouth for 15 - 20 seconds and spit it out. Do this for about three to four times a day. This can provide relief and salt can also prevent the growth of the bacteria.

Apple Cider Vinegar
The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar are effective in killing the bacteria present in the throat. Adding few drops of apple cider vinegar to water and gargling with it for three to four times a day can soothe your throat.

Garlic and Honey
Garlic is found to be rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties. So chewing and swallowing 2 - 3 cloves of garlic are effective in sore throat cure. Eating a tablespoon of honey after eating garlic will also be good. A tablespoon of honey mixed with warm water is also an effective cure.

Apart from this, avoid smoking completely and have a well-balanced regular diet, along with lots of fluids. I hope the above remedies will save you from the pain, discomfort, and distress caused by dry sore throat.
By Gaurav Shimpi
Published: 2/24/2010
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