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.