Catarrh of the throat

Catarrh of the Throat

Catarrh of the throat is a common condition that is largely due to irritation from airway allergies. It causes the throat to become itchy, irritated, and swollen. It often requires treatment to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms.

Common symptoms of catarrh of the throat include:

  • A dry, scratchy throat
  • Congestion and a feeling of fullness in the throat
  • Soreness and swelling of the throat
  • Popcorn-like bumps on the back of the throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Fluid or pus discharge from the throat
  • A hoarse or muffled voice

Common causes of catarrh of the throat include:

  • Allergies to airborne substances such as pollen, pet dander, and mold spores
  • Infections caused by bacteria or viruses, such as the common cold
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Air pollution
  • Exposure to certain chemicals and dust particles

In many cases, catarrh of the throat can be treated with lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding irritants, or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as antihistamines or decongestants. For more severe cases, prescription medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and control symptoms.

It is important to speak with a healthcare professional if you experience any of the symptoms of catarrh of the throat. It is also important to take precautions to avoid environmental triggers and maintain good health to avoid the recurrence of catarrh.