Itching of the throat

What is Itching of the Throat?

Itching of the throat, also known as dysphagia, is a feeling of discomfort, pain, or a burning sensation that extend from the throat to the chest. It can occur due to a variety of conditions, such as stress, allergies, colds, infections, acid reflux, or other underlying health conditions.

Symptoms of Itching of the Throat

The main symptom of throat itching is a feeling of discomfort or irritation in the throat that may worsen when you swallow. Other symptoms may include:

  • Throat dryness
  • Tickling sensation in the throat
  • Coughing
  • Hoarseness
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore throat

Causes of Itching of the Throat

Itching of the throat can have many causes. Common causes include:

  • Allergies
  • Viral infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Stress
  • Acid reflux
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Dry air
  • Dusty or smoky air
  • Colds

Treatment of Itching of the Throat

The treatment for itching of the throat will depend on the underlying cause. Common treatments include:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) medications to reduce inflammation
  • Prescription medications, such as antibiotics to treat infections
  • Antihistamines to reduce allergy symptoms
  • Cough suppressants to manage coughing
  • Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation and yoga
  • Increasing fluid intake to keep the throat moist

If itching of the throat is caused by GERD, your doctor may prescribe proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce the amount of acid your body produces.