Though a small problem, it may be extremely irritating experience for someone who has a tickle in throat. It’s just like a small ant in an elephant’s ear, a quiet frustrating problem! No matter how much you try to scratch from outside or try to swallow, the feeling of itch and tickling is difficult to go.
What are the Causes of Tickle in Throat
You may be wondering what the cause of tickle in throat is, and how can it be avoided. Well, there are several reasons for the annoying tickle and scratchy feeling in the throat. Most often it is dryness of pharynx (throat) that is responsible for that tickle. It is also a sign of early onset of cold; there is itching and scratchy feeling in the throat and buccal cavity before your nose starts leaking. Sometimes food additives, pollens, allergy to smoke and dust can cause sensation of tickling in the throat.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Tickling Sensation in the Throat
Usually a person tries repeatedly to clear his throat and alleviate the irritation; unfortunately constant clearing can damage the internal lining of the throat and the symptoms become worse. Since scratchy throat and cough is always associated with dryness of the throat people find relief by keeping their throat moist. Here are few important home remedies that can help you to get rid of tickle in throat as well as the associated cough.
- Honey with lemon juice: both ingredients present in your kitchen shelf are useful and effective in soothing your irritating throat. Add 1 tsp of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey to one glass of warm water. Mix it well and sip it slowly. The anti inflammatory and antibacterial property in honey and lemon juice helps to reduce the irritation and inflammation in your throat.
- Chew whole cloves it’s a unique folklore home remedy for getting relief from sore throat and tickling sensation in the throat.
- Salt water gargling: add a pinch of salt in one glass of warm water. Gargle with salt water three times in a day. It helps to keep your throat moist and relieves dryness in the throat that is annoying you.
- As salt water is an effective antiseptic solution it helps to promote healing of the internal damaged lining of the throat due to tonsillitis and inflammation of throat.
- You may also find relief from tickling by drinking enough water. It helps to keep your throat moist and body rehydrated.
- Apple cider vinegar: add one tsp of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. To enhance the effect, add one tsp of honey. You can use it as a gargle or sip it gradually when you have constant tickle in the throat together with cough.
- Vitamin C: drink a glass of orange juice or lemon juice. Both are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to boost your immunity as well as heal the damaged internal throat lining that may be a reason for tickling.
- If tickle in the throat disturbs your sleep, drink a glass of warm water before you sleep. You can also use humidifier in your room; it will help you get an undisturbed sleep.
- Licorice root has long history of its use in throat troubles. Licorice root gargle or simply suck licorice root to find relief in your itching throat. It can also be added to common herbal tea. Licorice has sweet taste.
- Slippery Elm is another herbal remedy that was once considered as a conventional remedy for treating sore throat and tickling. Slippery elm is an ingredient in many herbal teas or it is also available in capsule form.