Reducing Throat Irritation

  • If you have acid reflux, use medication and dietary and behavioral modifications consistently, as recommended by your physician.
  • Do not use menthol cough drops. Try sugar-free hard candy or herbal lozenges instead.
  • Avoid gargling.
  • Maintain adequate hydration. Attempt to drink 64-80 ounces of water daily.
  • Eat “wet” snacks (e.g. canned fruit, cucumber, popsicles, watermelon).
  • Increase the humidity in your home and/or work environment as able.
  • Breathe in through your nose. Inhaling through the mouth, especially quickly and forcefully, can elicit a cough response.
  • Take all medication for post-nasal drip and other chronic conditions (e.g. asthma) consistently, as recommended by your physician.