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Throat irritation

Also known as Itchy throat and Scratchy throat

Throat irritation can refer to a dry cough, a scratchy feeling at the back of the throat, or a sensation of a lumpy feeling or something stuck at the back of the throat.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of throat irritation are common cold, seasonal allergies (hay fever), and high blood pressure. Other possible causes, such as asthma, are more rare.

What symptoms are related?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with throat irritation, 82% report having cough, 74% report having nasal congestion, and 56% report having sore throat.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with throat irritation often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), hemoglobin a1c measurement, influenzavirus antibody assay, diagnostic procedures on ear, tracheoscopy and laryngoscopy with biopsy, other vascular catheterization; not heart, diagnostic procedures on nose; mouth and pharynx and other respiratory therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with throat irritation include guaifenesin / pseudoephedrine, clarithromycin, pseudoephedrine (pcm-la), levocetirizine (xyzal), robitussin ac, benzonatate, telithromycin (ketek), fexofenadine / pseudoephedrine, triamcinolone nasal product, brompheniramine / diphenhydramine, urofollitropin (bravelle), castor oil (purge) and brompheniramine / carbetapentane / phenylephrine .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for throat irritation include race/ethnicity = other.

Age

< 1 years
0.2x
1-4 years
0.2x
5-14 years
1.4x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.4x
45-59 years
1.0x
60-74 years
1.1x
75+ years
0.5x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.0x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
0.9x
Other
2.0x
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