Do you ever feel like you have the Sahara in your throat? When this happens, you can get an annoying tickle that causes you to cough without control, too. A temporary dry throat is one thing, but suffering constantly from a dry throat becomes a real problem.
Fortunately, you don't have to just resign yourself to having a desert in your throat. You can fight back by doing some simple things at home. Head to your kitchen, open the cupboards and grab what you need to help hydrate your throat. Check out the 6 ways you can get rid of your dry throat.
1. Salt water. Gargling is a great way to help stimulate the production of saliva according to OraCoat. The advantage of salt water is that it will kill any bacteria that may be in your throat. Salt also draws out moisture, so it will help create extra lubricant in your throat. You can make a salt water gargle by dissolving 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of warm water.
2. Fluids. Livestrong reminds you that sometimes the reason for your dry throat is simply that you're not drinking enough. Grab a glass and fill it with whatever you like to drink and keep sipping on it throughout the day. Even if you are drinking enough, sipping on fluids will give some temporary relief to your dry throat.
3. Honey. Your dry throat may be the first symptom of illness. OraCoat says that honey is great for soothing a sore and dry throat. It coats your throat and may help kill any bacteria creating the illness. To make honey mint green tea, combine 7 cups of boiling water, 1/4 cup honey, 5 green tea bags, and 6 sprigs of mint. Steep all of this for 10 minutes. You can add honey to any tea you want if mint green tea isn't for you.
4. Moisture. Regardless of the cause of your dry throat, Livestrong recommends adding moisture to the air you're breathing. A humidifier is a great way to do this. If you don't happen to have one handy, you can put a pot of water on the stove and keep it on a low heat, letting the steam evaporate into the air throughout the day.
5. Saliva. Sometimes, sipping on a drink isn't an option. When this is the case, Livestrong says to suck on something to create saliva. You can use a throat lozenge, cough drop or piece of hard candy. Even chewing gum will get you the desired result.
6. Lifestyle. Certain behaviors can be responsible for creating or exacerbating your dry throat, according to OraCoat. Smoking and drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages are two things you should consider eliminating if you're suffering from a parched throat.
Why suffer if you don't have to? If your dry throat continues for too long, be sure to see your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause for the problem. Otherwise, the next time you find you're fighting for more moisture in your throat, make some tea and sip away!