An irritated throat produces annoying, unpleasant symptoms, such as a nagging tickle or the need to frequently clear the throat. A wide range of environmental, lifestyle or health conditions can cause an irritated throat. For example, dry or polluted air, allergies and vocal strain are all frequent causes. If you smoke, you will have an irritated throat until you quit. Acid regurgitation associated with acid reflux disease can also irritate the throat. Colds, influenza, strep and other viral or bacterial infections cause throat inflammation and painful symptoms.
Conventional treatments for irritated throat include commercially prepared cough drops, cough syrups as well as antihistamines. Natural cures for an irritated throat can relieve many throat symptoms without drowsiness or other side effects. If your throat irritation is severe or persistent however, see your doctor to rule out a serious condition.
Apple cider vinegar is a traditional natural remedy for an irritated throat, and has a host of health benefits, having been used for thousands of years as a natural “cure-all”. Its antibacterial properties fight bacteria that can cause throat pain. To make a palatable drink, add 1 or 2 teaspoons each of vinegar and honey to a cup of warm water. Drink two cups of this mixture each day. Cheers!