Allergies and a Sore Throat
How Do Allergies Cause Sore Throat?
Allergies and a sore throat. When an allergen comes in contact with your throat or tonsils it can set off an irritable reaction that you fell as a sore throat. Common allergens that can do this are:
- cigarette smoke
- dust mites
- mold and mildew
- pet dander (especially horses, cats and dogs)
- Flower and tree pollen
Or when one of these allergens gets into your nose and sinuses there they can set of an inflammatory reaction that gives rise to postnasal drip. This in turn can cause irritation of your throat and larynx making life very uncomfortable for you and making it difficult to talk properly.
What can be done to alleviate allergies and a sore throat?
- Antihistamines by mouth should help dry up mucus membranes and reduce postnasal drip.
- Topical nasal sprays like Beconase will also help.
- Gargle with warm salt water to help get rid of throat soreness. Stir 1 tsp (5 g) of salt into 8 fl oz (240 mL) of lukewarm water. Gargle as often as you like-the more the merrier.
- Drink more fluids to soothe a sore throat. Honey and lemon in weak tea may help. (Do not give honey to children younger than 1 year.)
- Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin to help the pain go away. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 because of the risk of a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome.
How to distinguish between viral tonsillitis and allergy sore throat?
- Viral tonsillitis is always worse in the mornings when you wake up and tends to subside during the day perhaps returning again later in the evening.
- Allergic sore throat on the other hand stays constant all day and is not necessarily worse in the mornings.
- With viral tonsillitis, when you look at your tonsils with a mirror they appear somewhat red and inflamed.
- The appearance of a sore throat caused by allergies is usually salmon pink and non-inflamed.