Dry throat is a very common problem that can arise simply from less fluid intake, dryness in air, cold winter months, or it is a symptom of a medical health issue like allergic rhinitis, tonsillitis, strep throat, GERD, etc.
Homeopathy is highly effective in managing cases of dry throat. Homeopathic medicines bring gradual relief by targeting the root cause behind it. Along with dryness of throat, they also help to manage the attending signs and symptoms like sore, painful throat, inflamed tonsils, cough, voice hoarseness, and heartburn. The homeopathic prescription for dry throat cases varies depending on the attending symptoms and the cause behind it. So it is advised to consult a homeopathic physician before taking any homeopathic medicine. It is to be noted that when shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain, high fever accompany throat dryness, one should take help from the conventional mode of treatment on urgent basis.
Top Homeopathic Medicines For Dry Throat
1. Belladonna – For Throat Dryness And Sore, Inflamed Throat / Tonsils
This medicine is prepared from the plant ‘deadly nightshade’ of family Solanaceae. It is a very effective medicine for cases in which there is dryness, and inflammation of throat and tonsils. There is marked dryness on the roof of mouth and fauces (arched opening at the back of the mouth leading to pharynx). Burning and scraping sensation is felt in the throat and mouth. Swallowing may be difficult due to red, swollen tonsils with shooting, stinging type pain in the throat while swallowing. A lump in the throat sensation is also felt. Dry cough with tickling in the throat is yet another symptom. Fever may accompany the above-mentioned signs and symptoms.
2. Bryonia – For Excessive Roughness And Dryness Of Throat
It is prepared from root of the plant Bryonia Alba from family Cucurbitaceae. Use of this medicine is considered for cases in which there is excessive roughness, rawness and dryness of throat. There may be stitching pain in the throat while swallowing which causes irritation in the throat. Sometimes, there may be burning or crawling sensation in throat that induces cough.
3. Hepar Sulph – For Dry Throat And Tonsillitis
It is another medicine very helpful for relieving throat dryness and tonsillitis. There is usually stitching type of pain in the throat which extends to the ear. It worsens while swallowing food. Smarting sensation and rawness is also felt in the throat. It appears as if a splinter or of a plug of mucus is stuck in the throat. The tonsils are red and swollen, studded with enlarged reddish follicles or white pus points.
4. Natrum Mur – For Dry Throat With Allergic Rhinitis
This medicine works well in cases of dry throat and allergic rhinitis. In cases requiring it, there is a feeling as of a plug in throat, rawness and burning pain in the throat. Besides, there is sneezing and watery discharge from the nose, some may complain of a blocked nose. Redness, itching and watering from eyes may be present. There may be cough with a tickling sensation in a dry sore spot in the throat. Lastly, bitter or salty mucus is hawked from the throat.
5. Pulsatilla – For Dry Throat And Cold
This medicine is prepared from plant Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly called wind flower, from family Ranunculaceae. It is beneficial for cases in which a dry throat accompanies a cold. A scraping sensation, rawness and scratching is felt in the throat, leading to cough in some cases. Dryness is mostly marked in the morning, when this medicine is required. Greenish yellow discharge comes out from the nose which gets worse indoors but better in open air. Nasal blockage and frequent sneezing can attend above symptoms.
6. Causticum – For Dry Throat And Voice Hoarseness
Causticum is an effective medicine when there is dryness of throat and hoarseness in voice. A constant desire to clear the throat occurs, there may be rawness and tickling in throat along with dry cough.
7. Drosera – For Throat Dryness And Cough
This natural medicine is prepared from plant Drosera Rotundifolia with common name ‘round leaved sundew’ from family Droseraceae. It is useful when the throat is dry along with dry, irritating cough. It may end in vomiting sometimes. There is stinging in throat while swallowing.
8. Phytolacca – When Burning In Throat Attends
It is prepared from plant Phytolacca decandra commonly known as ‘poke root’ or ‘red ink plant’ from family Phytolaccaceae. This medicine is recommended when the throat is dry, rough, sore and is accompanied by burning sensation. There is disposition to hawk frequently and clear the throat accompanied by cough sometimes. Swallowing is difficult along with the above symptoms. The tonsils are dark red, bluish, dark purple, congested and swollen. The breath is offensive.
9. Merc Sol – When Throat Is Constantly Dry
This medicine is indicated for constant dryness of throat. The tonsils are red, dark, enlarged and may have whitish spots or ulcers on them. It is attended with sharp pain. The pain may radiate to the ears. Swallowing is difficult along with bad odor from the mouth.
10. Robinia – For Dry Throat And Acid Reflux Symptoms
It is prepared from the fresh bark of young twigs of the plant Robinia Pseudacaciafrom family Leguminosae. It is an important medicine for managing throat dryness along with acid reflux. Persons needing it have dryness and scratching in throat. They have acid reflux symptoms like heartburn, sour belchings and vomiting of intensely sour fluid. The acidity symptoms are most marked at night on lying down.
What Causes Dry Throat?
The first medical issue that can lead to dryness in the throat is hay fever/allergic rhinitis. It is an auto-immune disease, in which the person’s immune system overreacts to allergens that are normally harmless to the people who are not suffering from allergy. Some of the common allergens are dust mites, pollen, grass, pet dander, mold,etc. Its symptoms are sneezing, runny nose or stuffed nose, itching in nose, eyes and cough. In case of nose blockage, the person breathes through the mouth that can lead to dryness in the throat.
Second is common cold, a viral infection of the nose and throat. Dryness, soreness and a scratchy sensation is felt in the throat. The other symptoms of common cold include runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, sneezing, bodyache and mild fever.
Next it can arise in case of flu (influenza), a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. The symptoms in case of flu are quite similar to common cold but are severe than common cold. These includes stuffy nose, runny nose, dry throat, sore, scratchy throat, fever, chills, weakness, cough, and pain in head and muscles. It can have various complications including ear infection, sinus infection, pneumonia (inflamed air sacs in lungs) and bronchitis (inflamed bronchial tubes) and pharyngitis (inflamed throat).
Tonsillitis (Inflamation of tonsils, a mass of lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat one on either side) is yet another reason behind dry throat. Its signs and symptoms include sore throat, red swollen tonsils, dry throat, white spots on tonsils in some cases, fever, headache and bad breath.
Other than these, it can arise in case of strep throat, an infection of the throat caused by bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes. Its signs and symptoms are sore throat, dry throat, red, swollen, inflamed tonsils, white patches on the tonsils, fever, bodyache, swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Another cause for dry, scratchy throat is mononucleosis caused by an infection by the Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Its signs and symptoms are swollen tonsils, dry, scratchy throat, tiredness, fever, headache, muscle weakness, swollen lymph nodes in neck and armpits. Acid reflux, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux), can also lead to it when the stomach acid back-flows into the food pipe from stomach. Its common symptoms include burning sensation in chest behind sternum (breast bone), problem in swallowing, lump in throat sensation, nausea, and vomiting.
Sleeping with an open mouth can also lead to dry throat. The saliva that helps moisten the mouth and throat is dried by the air that result in dryness in the mouth and throat. A person who keeps the mouth open during sleep may also have other signs and symptoms that include bad breath, snoring and weakness during the day.
Some other causes for dryness in throat are dehydration, tobacco use, voice strain, some medication side effects (like from use of antihistamines), pollution, coughing and vomiting.
What Signs And Symptoms Can Attend It?
Dryness of throat can be accompanied by other signs and symptoms depending on the cause behind it. These include sore, painful throat; enlarged, swollen, inflamed tonsils; white patches or pus on the tonsils; cough, voice hoarseness, heartburn, vomiting and difficulty while swallowing. Some general symptoms that can attend are fever, fatigue, bodyache and muscle weakness.