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Sore Throat Every Morning

GanluanGanluan Registered User regular
edited March 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Around this time of year, I wake up virtually every morning with a sore throat. It generally goes away after a couple hours, but on days like today it hurts for most of the day.

It seems to be a combination of allergies (which means nasal drainage down the back of my throat all night) coupled with sleeping with my mouth open - I can't seem to stop this no matter what I try because of the allergies.

Would a humidifier help? My wife's been thinking about getting one too, but we're not sure what to look for.

To try and stop the allergies I've been taking Claritin but I've been getting dizzy spells during the day lately, so I'll probably need to try Zyrtec. Has anyone else gotten dizzy from Claritin before?

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  • CorvusCorvus Caw? VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I see you live in Phoenix, so a humidifier might not be a bad idea. I don't think there's al ot of difference between them, its a pretty simple device. Your doctor ought to be able to prescribe something to deal with the post-nasal drip. Have you talked to a doc or only been doing over the counter stuff?

  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Look for tank capacity and room coverage. The average humidifier is for 300-400 square feet, with a 1 to 2 gallon tank. "Silent" is nice, but not necessary. And you don't want a steam humidifier, the kind used when you're sick, just get a cold-air humidifier.

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  • Regina FongRegina Fong Allons-y, Alonso Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    If it's post-nasal drip, the humidifier won't help (won't hurt either) but if it's dryness irritation then yeah, it will totally help. If it's drip from allergies though, I recommend seeing your doctor and getting on an actual allergy medication (vice over the counter) and additionally I've had good luck with adding an extra pillow under my head to prop up a bit when sleeping.

  • kaliyamakaliyama Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I have allergy issues too, but sometimes, in my eperience, the irritation is just caused by particulate matter - is your house particularly dusty or anything?

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Do you wear socks to bed? it sounds weird, but everytime i dont wear socks when i go to sleep, i wake up with a sore throat.

  • Dunadan019Dunadan019 Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    jeepguy wrote: »
    If it's post-nasal drip, the humidifier won't help (won't hurt either) but if it's dryness irritation then yeah, it will totally help. If it's drip from allergies though, I recommend seeing your doctor and getting on an actual allergy medication (vice over the counter) and additionally I've had good luck with adding an extra pillow under my head to prop up a bit when sleeping.

    yeah this, changing the angle of your head might make you sleep with your mouth closed which will help.

    if its PND, you need to get some real medication to fix it.

  • CorvusCorvus Caw? VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    jeepguy wrote: »
    If it's post-nasal drip, the humidifier won't help (won't hurt either) but if it's dryness irritation then yeah, it will totally help. If it's drip from allergies though, I recommend seeing your doctor and getting on an actual allergy medication (vice over the counter) and additionally I've had good luck with adding an extra pillow under my head to prop up a bit when sleeping.

    You can also try putting a 2X4 (or whatever) under the base of the bed at the head, so that your bed is on a slight angle.

  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I have the same thing during certain times of the year, although I sleep with my mouth closed. It's the mucus that irritates my throat overnight. I haven't found anything to fix it and always assumed there was no cure.

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Try diphenhydramine (Benadryl) before you go to bed. It causes drowsiness--which you don't care about if you're going to bed--and is otherwise the best OTC antihistamine there is.

  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Could also be acid reflux. Sleep on your left side and see if it helps. If it's mild you can get a one a day and you should notice an improvement pretty quickly.

  • Iceman.USAFIceman.USAF Captain East CoastRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Do you have water at your bedside at night? I always keep a bottle or nalgene of water next to my bed, and probably drink 1/2 -3/4 of a liter throughout the night.

    Barring that, OJ first thing makes more soreness go away.



  • GanluanGanluan Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Our house isn't too dusty but we do have 3 pets, so there's always stuff floating around in the air.

    I haven't been to an allergist but I know I'm allergic to either grass or something else outside, as every time I play golf I wake up the following day with very noticeable allergy symptoms.

    I was under the impression that for antihistamines to work (like Benadryl) you have to take them steadily, i.e. me taking one before going out to golf won't help. Is that true?

    If I mention to my doctor that it seems like nasal drip is irritating my throat at night, maybe I can get a prescription that will work better. I've also noticed it can make my stomach upset the next day (maybe because I'm swallowing it?) so that would be great.

  • Iceman.USAFIceman.USAF Captain East CoastRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    You can just pop a Benadryl and it'll work fine. Keep in mind some of that "magic sleep inducing" stuff will keep you up and wired, there's a certain % that the sleeping ingredient part has the complete and total opposite effect on.

    I am in that percentage. Just an fyi. You'll likely be fine.



  • hawkboxhawkbox Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I find I wake up with a ton of built up shit in my throat I have to cough and gag up every morning. I think I would prefer a little soreness.

    Actually anyone have any idea how to not have to gag up a bunch of phlegm or whatever it is every morning?

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  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    If you think it might be allergies, I recommend Claritin rather than Benadryl.

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  • GanluanGanluan Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Quoth wrote: »
    If you think it might be allergies, I recommend Claritin rather than Benadryl.

    I think I mentioned it in the OP, but I think Claritin has been giving me dizziness problems. I'm going to get some Zyrtec tomorrow and see if that helps shield me a bit on days I'm outside a lot. I'll check into getting something for PND as well.

  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Ganluan wrote: »
    Quoth wrote: »
    If you think it might be allergies, I recommend Claritin rather than Benadryl.

    I think I mentioned it in the OP, but I think Claritin has been giving me dizziness problems. I'm going to get some Zyrtec tomorrow and see if that helps shield me a bit on days I'm outside a lot. I'll check into getting something for PND as well.

    Zyrtec made me incredibly drowsy, so watch out with driving and the like. I'd recommend you try it out on a weekend to be sure you don't have the same reaction.

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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  • xa52xa52 Registered User
    edited March 2009
    Don't take any pill, allergy or otherwise, right before bed. Stay vertical for 15 min or so.
    Drink water [strike]before bed[/strike] all day long. Breathing dry AZ air through your mouth is going to dry out your throat. You can moisten the air with a humidifier, and try to drink enough water to keep up.

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Quoth wrote: »
    If you think it might be allergies, I recommend Claritin rather than Benadryl.
    Claritin is a good, solid drug during the day, when you have to be awake.

    When you don't, Benadryl beats the shit out of it.

  • L*2*G*XL*2*G*X Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    I've had allergies and post-nasal drip for ages... this is combined with blood and mucus in my mouth at mornings, blood and mucus in my stomach so severe stomach problems and diarrhea, fatigue and halitosis. About 5 years back I started taking cetirizine, which improved my condition. However it has to be taken daily, slightly crosses the blood-brain barrier, results in me feeling like a zombie, and over the years the allergy and drip crept back, bringing back all the symptoms.
    I've tried a a medisana led therapy, it worked at first but the effect seemd to peter out. At which point my GF got tired of my problems and sent me to a doctor.

    I've got an appointment with an allergy specialist in june and am looking forward to becoming a whole new person.

    tldr: go see a doctor and insist on a referral to an allergy specialist.

  • bowenbowen Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Do you sleep with your mouth open? I used to have nasty allergies growing up and would always sleep with my mouth open because I couldn't breathe otherwise due to a 1-2 combo of deviated septum and nasty allergies. Without delay, I'd wake up every morning with a sore throat. This would go away when I was out of allergy season.

  • QuothQuoth the Raven Miami, FL FOR REALRegistered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Thanatos wrote: »
    Quoth wrote: »
    If you think it might be allergies, I recommend Claritin rather than Benadryl.
    Claritin is a good, solid drug during the day, when you have to be awake.

    When you don't, Benadryl beats the shit out of it.

    Doesn't work for me because when I take it, I don't wake up for at least ten hours after it starts to work its magic. Unless I want to go to bed reeeally early, that's not a good thing. But everyone is different, so the OP might not have that problem. Zyrtec affected me in a similar way but to a lesser extent, such that I ended up going to the doctor because I was tired all the time and didn't know why. Switching from Zyrtec to Claritin immediately fixed the problem.

    Other drugs that affect me in the same way include Theraflu and Nyquil and several other over the counter cold medications. Whatever the antihistamine in all of those is, it puts me in a coma.

    “Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum istum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem ubi cattie venire possunt.”
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