How to Get Rid of a Dry Throat – The Way to Healing Dry Throat and Mouth May Run Through the Stomach

sleepSnorting, snoring, sleeping with an open mouth, and sleep apnea are common causes of dry throat and dry mouth. Sometimes, however, seemingly unrelated health issues manifest themselves as dry mouth and throat, especially dry throat at night. Here are some recommendations for resolving upper respiratory dryness:

  • Get treatment for stomach or intestinal ulcers. The same bacterium that can live in the lining of the digestive tract and cause ulcers there can also cause inflammation in the sinuses. Acid reflux can cause the feeling of a lump in your throat or your throat closing up. When you treat your heartburn or stomach acid, then you may have fewer throat problems. As a stop-gap measure, try chewing gum in the evening after dinner, before you go to bed. The action of chewing gum forces alkaline saliva into your throat. The saliva travels down your throat to your stomach, where it neutralizes stomach acid. Researchers at St. Thomas Hospital in London were very surprised to learn that chewing gum really does relieve both gastroesophageal reflux and apnea, although it’s not a complete cure.
  • Apply warm, moist heat (hot water bottles, breathing steam from a vaporizer) to the sides of the face, as long as it is not burning hot. The heat slows the reproduction of the bacteria that can cause sinus infection. Limit exposure to heat to 10 minutes. Stop at the very sensation of pain or burning.
  • Add ΒΌ teaspoon (1 ml) of goldenseal to the saline solution you use to loosen mucus when you gargle or use a neti pot. The chemical berberine in this herb kills many strains of sinusitis bacteria, and since it is not an antibiotic, it will not cause antibiotic resistance.

And when colds or flu are causing dry mouth, consider this household remedy that, oddly enough, really works. Put socks on your feet and warm them with a heating pad for 20 minutes. (The socks are a layer of protection against burning the skin of your feet.) When your feet are thoroughly warm, take off your socks and spread a mentholated “chest” rub, like Vicks Medicated Rub, all over your feet, and put your socks back on. Crazy as it sounds, this can stop postnasal drip and cough and make it easier to get to sleep.