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What can I do for an itchy throat with a cough?

An itchy throat with a cough can be due to several causes, but usually making it feel better is relatively easy. If cough medicines are not helping, some studies suggest that using buckwheat honey may be more likely to soothe your throat. Other simple things to try include cough suppressants, staying well hydrated, using humidifiers at home, or using nasal saline spray to help clear out any nasal congestion. Adding honey and squeezed lemon to hot water can also help soothe your throat. You should see your doctor if the cough persists beyond 4 to 6 weeks. She or he may be able to help determine an underlying cause of the cough and throat irritation, and give you medicine to help treat it.

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Throat Disorders

Throat Disorders

Disorders of the throat may be caused by inflammation, infection, or growths such as polyps, ulcers or even cancerous tumors. Throat problems are very common, especially in young children. A sore throat is usually minor and may go ...

away on its own. However, some sore throats can be caused by a streptococcus (usually called just strep) bacteria and may require an antibiotic. If you see white patches on the back of your throat, you should suspect strep throat and see your doctor. If you have a lump or sore that doesn't go away, trouble swallowing or hoarseness and especially if you smoke and drink alcohol, you may be at risk for throat or mouth cancers. If found early these kinds of cancers are often curable. See your doctor to get the right diagnosis.
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