How to remove a sore throat from air conditioning

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Sore throat is a condition, usually mild, that does not occur exclusively in winter. Also, in summer it can occur for different reasons, among them, due to the excessive use (or misuse) of the air conditioning. Irritation, inflammation and discomfort when swallowing are common manifestations that are usually linked to a sore throat and, fortunately, can be relieved with simple and effective remedies.

How to remove a sore throat from air conditioning

If in these hot days the air conditioning systems that are used to cool the environment have not sit well with you, find out how to remove the sore throat by air conditioning by reading this article from.

What is air conditioning pharyngitis

As pointed out by the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL) [1], the abuse of air conditioning can be a factor that triggers different throat problems, such as pharyngitis or inflammation of the pharynx, the upper area of the throat. It is a condition that manifests, above all, with intense pain when swallowing, usually accompanied by carraspeo.

It is important to put the air at a “reasonable” temperature, not less than 23º – 24º, in addition to avoiding the sudden temperature contrasts that may exist between the interior of a room and the outside, also not to be exposed to the air in the throat directly. Also, we must make it clear that air conditioning is not bad, on the contrary, it can be an invaluable help when temperatures are so high. The problem is in the misuse, which can end up producing pharyngitis or other discomfort, such as laryngitis that led to a more or less severe sore throat or even a cold, since it is also very common to cough from the air conditioning.

However, if you already have a sore throat from air conditioning, read on and learn about some tips that can help relieve it.

What is air conditioning pharyngitis

As pointed out by the Spanish Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL) [1], the abuse of air conditioning can be a factor that triggers different throat problems, such as pharyngitis or inflammation of the pharynx, the upper area of the throat. It is a condition that manifests, above all, with intense pain when swallowing, usually accompanied by carraspeo.

It is important to put the air at a “reasonable” temperature, not less than 23º – 24º, in addition to avoiding the sudden temperature contrasts that may exist between the interior of a room and the outside, also not to be exposed to the air in the throat directly. Also, we must make it clear that air conditioning is not bad, on the contrary, it can be an invaluable help when temperatures are so high. The problem is in the misuse, which can end up producing pharyngitis or other discomfort, such as laryngitis that led to a more or less severe sore throat or even a cold, since it is also very common to cough from the air conditioning.

However, if you already have a sore throat from air conditioning, read on and learn about some tips that can help relieve it.

Candies and chewing gum

The simple gesture of sucking on candy or chewing gum (better without sugar) can also help remove the sore throat, because the fact of taking them, favors the natural process of salivation. Likewise, the moisture needed by the tissues that line the pharynx and larynx is maintained. The most effective are honey and lemon, mint, peppermint, etc.

Proper diet

If the air conditioner has caused a sore throat, for a few days you should pay attention to the food and drinks you eat. In addition to broths and infusions, try to take foods that are easy to chew to minimize discomfort when swallowing. On the other hand, avoid foods that can contribute to further irritating your throat, spicy foods, coffee, carbonated drinks and those containing alcohol are prohibited. Of course, don't smoke.

Here you can read about Drinks to relieve a sore throat.

Steam baths

Steam baths, which you can prepare by adding boiling water in a pot and breathing in the vapors it gives off, can relieve the discomfort of an irritated and dry throat. You should keep in mind that it is important that the water cools slightly, as well as maintain a prudent distance to avoid burns. It is a remedy that will also help clear the airways if you also have nasal congestion. In addition, with a hot shower you can achieve a similar effect.

Drugs

When the sore throat is very intense or you have a cold from the air conditioning, some drugs can help mitigate it, also reducing the possible inflammation (paracetamol and ibuprofen). Before taking them, it is advisable to consult with the doctor or pharmacist and, if the discomfort lasts more than a few days or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as high fever or persistent aphonia, go to your family doctor or specialist.

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